Phyllis Irene Maxwell

November 21, 1928 — March 29, 2024

Service Details

Phyllis Irene Maxwell, 95, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2024 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on November 21, 1928 to Forest Gray and Mary Betty (Lajko) Gray. She graduated from East High School and worked for The Bankers Life Company as a Secretary. She later worked as a Receptionist and Secretary at her son’s company, Maxwell-Needham Collision Center.

Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Robert R. Maxwell, Jr. and two children were born to them, Stephanie and Mark.

Phyllis enjoyed playing bridge and solitaire, bowling, golf, snow skiing, planting her flower garden, and traveling all over the world.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie McAdam; her son, Mark Maxwell; granddaughter, Tiffany (Tim) Hostetter; great-granddaughter, Kayleah; and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and grandson Jeremy Harden.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa with visitation prior from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to ABATE District 4 Toy Run or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Iowa Chapter. Condolences may be expressed at