Phyllis Joy (Ernst) Stumbo

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Phyllis Joy (Ernst) Stumbo

June 1934 - September 12, 2017

Phyllis Stumbo, 83, died unexpectedly on Tues, Sept 12, after hitting her head in a fall. Services will be in Tipton, IA; visitation on Sat from 4-7 pm and funeral on Sun at 2 pm.

Survivors include her husband, Hugh Stumbo; children, Mitchell Stumbo, Lorelei Falsetti, Circe Stumbo and Andy Stumbo; sister, Martha Sue Jarvis; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Among surviving cousins are Tommy Bailey and Gloria Bunting of Grahn. Aunt Mae Allison still resides in Columbus, OH.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Opal (Bailey) Ernst.

Phyllis was born and raised in and around Olive Hill. She married Hugh in 1955. She earned a B.A. from Morehead State University in KY, a M.A. from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. A Registered Dietitian, she worked as a Research Scientist for 29 years at the University of Iowa Clinical Research Center and was known nationally and internationally for her work on nutrient databases. Of all her roles, however, she perhaps enjoyed being grandmother best of all.

In lieu of flowers, loved ones may offer memorials to the Tipton Ambulance Service, 407 Lynn St., Tipton, IA 52772 (

More photos and stories are on Phyllis's Facebook page at
Published on September 15, 2017
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Saturday 16 Sep

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fry Funeral Home

220 E 6th St, Tipton, IA, United States

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Sunday 17 Sep

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Fry Funeral Home

220 E 6th St, Tipton, IA, United States


Sunday 17 Sep

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Shawver Cemetery

210th Street, Tipton, IA, United States


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