Phyllis Loree Cornwell


Phyllis Loree Cornwell went home to Jesus on October 9, 2021 at age 87. Service will be held at Maywood Community Church, 11201 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS on Thursday October 28th at 4:00 pm.  

Phyllis was born to Orville Keith Miller and Sarah Mary Bachman Miller on August 8, 1934 in Otterville, IA. 

Phyllis met her husband, Frank Edward Cornwell while they were in high school together. They married June 7, 1952 and went on to have 5 daughters. Phyllis and her husband resided in Independence, Iowa until 1986 when they relocated to the Kansas City area.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Phyllis also loved camping, fishing, gardening, reading, sewing, knitting, bowling, cheering on her beloved University of Kansas Basketball team and the art of paying it forward. She was a dedicated homemaker, teacher, daycare provider, and community volunteer. She and her husband were partners in Cornwell Masonry for many years. 

 Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.  She was an elder in her church, bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, and vocal advocate for her church. She has been active in the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, IA, Community Covenant Church in Lenexa, KS and most recently attended Maywood Community Church in Kansas City, KS.

Phyllis joins her parents Orville and Sarah Miller, her mother-in-law Margaret Cornwell, her father-in-law Ralph Cornwell, her brothers Keith Miller, Howard Miller and Charles Miller in Heaven.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Frank Edward Cornwell, her brother Maurice Miller, and her daughters, Brenda (Rick) Freebern of Overland Park, KS, Becky Brinson of Tallahassee FL, Debra (Perry) Kiler of Olathe, KS, Carolyn (Mike) Junk of Hudson IA, and Jane (Edwin) Alft of Kansas City, KS. She was a devoted grandmother to 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and eagerly anticipating another great grandchild who were all the light of her life.

Memorial Contributions 

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial donations be sent to Cremation Center of Kansas City, 4926 Johnson Drive, Roeland Park, KS 66205 for memorials in her name that the family will present to Maywood Community Church and Olathe Health Hospice House.


  1. Jeanne Bachman on October 13, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I have such fond memories of Phyllis growing up on Terrace Dr. She was such a kind, sweet, and fun neighborhood mom! Sincere condolences to her family. Jeanne Bachman

  2. Diana Mitts on October 13, 2021 at 11:10 am

    I have been blessed in having phone conversations with Phyllis this past year. I am so thankful for her.
    May all of her family know peace and comfort.

  3. Carole Dubbert Shipley on October 13, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Love and blessings to all of you. Phyliss was a great gal and very dedicated Christian. She was in my Bible Study on Thursday mornings at Communitiy Covenant Church for several years.

  4. Jane and Mike Gochis on October 12, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. Prayers for comfort for your family.

  5. Becky Elson on October 12, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    She modeled a good life and left a loving legacy. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Julie Fletcher on October 12, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    So sorry to hear about Phyllis’s passing. My deepest sympathies to the whole family. Praying for you all.

  7. Leslie Doolin on October 12, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in your prayers. ❤️

  8. Chris Nelson on October 12, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Our sympathy to the Cornwell and Freebern families and so sorry for your loss. Sending our blessings from Iowa.
    David & Chris Nelson

  9. Jennifer Ray on October 12, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    I’m so sorry for you’re family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times.

  10. Lisa Pint-Hildebrand on October 12, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers…so very sorry for your loss

    Richard & Earlene Pint
    Independence, IA

  11. Kelly Cannon on October 12, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Condolences, love and prayers for you and your family during this time. Tim and Kelly Cannon

    • Becky on October 13, 2021 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Kelly and Tim. Friends are what help
      Is through the tough times.
      Love you both!

  12. Mary Kay Johnson on October 12, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Our heartfelt sympathies to each of you. May your faith, family and friends comfort you during this most difficult time. Daryl and Mary Kay Johnson

  13. Al Gehrt on October 12, 2021 at 8:59 am

    A life well lived – a race well run! Welcome home, Phyllis.

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