Phyllis Burt

September 15, 1923 — April 3, 2021

Phyllis Burt, age 97 of Algona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Algona. Services will be livestreamed on the Evangelical Free Church’s Facebook page. Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery in Algona. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Algona. Masks are optional. 

Phyllis Burt, the daughter of James Burdette and Leila Hardy, was born on Sept. 15, 1923, in Greene. Phyllis grew up in Greene and after finishing high school she studied bookkeeping, business law and speech. In 1941, just months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she moved to Cedar Rapids and took a job working as a secretary. In 1947, after the end of World War II, she married Richard (Dick) Burt and the new couple moved to Algona where Dick started his poultry business and Phyllis began working as a secretary for the Hutchison and Hutchison Law Firm. Over the next 44 years in Algona, she and Dick were active in business, church and community while successfully raising four children. In 1991 she and her husband retired to Palm Coast, Fla., where they continued active lives in church and community. In 2015, several years after Dick passed away, she returned to Algona to be close to family. 

Phyllis had a strong faith in Jesus Christ that shaped all of her life. Second to her family and homemaking, Phyllis loved Christian music and her bible. The family was active at the First Presbyterian Church of Algona for many years, and Phyllis sang and served as choir director from 1968 to 1984. In 1985, she and Dick joined the newly formed Algona Evangelical Free Church where she continued in music and small group bible studies with friends. During her years in Florida, she was a member of the Palm Coast Bible Church and enjoyed singing in the choir and being active in various bible studies. Even in her last days, as her memory failed, Phyllis still enjoyed singing hymns of the faith and reciting scripture. 

 Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her oldest brother, Warren, and her husband, Dick. 

Left to cherish her memory are her older brother Leonard Hardy of Dallas, Texas; her children, Bill (Terri) Burt of Mason City; Tom (Vivian) Burt of Omaha, Neb.; Joan (Ed) O’Reilly of Lakeville, Minn.; Julia (Rick) Taves of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her 13 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. The Lentz Funeral Home is serving the family. 

Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.

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