Phyllis Stewart Schlafly

August 14, 1924September 5, 2016

Schlafly, Phyllis Stewart 92, died peacefully in her home of cancer at 3:15 p.m. on September 5, 2016, surrounded by family members.

Born August 14, 1924 in St. Louis, she observed her birthday on August 15 throughout her life. Phyllis was educated at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, graduated from Washington University in 1944 and earned an M.A. from Harvard University in 1945. Later in life she earned a J.D. in 1978 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2008, both from Washington University. She was the widow of John Fred Schlafly Jr. (1909-1993), her husband of 44 years and the father of their six children, all born in Alton, Ill. In 1994 she moved to Ladue, where she resided until her death.

Phyllis was nationally known as a writer, speaker, political activist and conservative leader. She was the author or co-author of 27 books including the best-selling A Choice Not an Echo. She wrote and published a monthly newsletter for 50 years and a syndicated weekly newspaper column for 40 years. She delivered a 3-minute radio commentary every weekday for 33 years, was featured on thousands of radio and television programs, and was widely sought as a public speaker. Phyllis was best known for having led the successful campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

Phyllis is survived by her six children: John F. Schlafly of Alton, Ill., Dr. Bruce (Jeanne) Schlafly of Des Peres; Dr. Roger Schlafly of Scotts Valley, California; Liza (Joseph) Forshaw of Ladue; Andrew (Catherine) Schlafly of Far Hills, N.J.; and Anne (Tom) Cori of Ladue; as well as 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Bruce Stewart (1878-1955) and Odile Dodge Stewart (1896-1987), and by her sister, Odile Stewart Mecker (1930-2015).

The family would like to thank Phyllis’s primary care physician, Dr. J. Collins Corder, and all the other medical specialists who cared for her; the dedicated caregivers of Caring Professionals; the loyal staff at the Eagle Forum offices; and Phyllis’s devoted friend Kathleen Sullivan, for their excellent service to Phyllis in her final years.

Services: Visitation will be held 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 9 at Kriegshauser West Mortuary, 9450 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63132.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 10 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell, followed by a private burial.

Memorial donations are appreciated to St. Michael’s Abbey, 19292 El Toro Road, Silverado, CA 92676; the Carmel of St. Joseph, 9150 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124; Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, 7800 Bonhomme, St. Louis, MO 63105; or the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Friday, September 9, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Father Edward Ohm

August 15, 2018

ONE GREAT American!! She is missed!!

Jean Snow

February 13, 2018

Mrs. Schlafly will remain a role model for me throughout life. I had the opportunity to meet her in Connecticut decades ago, while I was still young, and I do believe I had the privilege of bringing her in my vehicle to or from the conference I attended with her as guest speaker. My mother Judy D. Snow who was born a year ahead of her contemporary icon (d. 3/6/13) introduced me to her work on behalf of women. I have admired her work and her promotion of Eagle Forum. Mrs. Schlafly epitomized all that is best of female intuition, common sense, unfailing labor and unparalled protection of our most vulnerable, families and their children. I hope she has a great reward for her valiant fight.

Ron Godwin

February 12, 2017

I am new to Phyllis'struggle; but that doesn't make me stupid. What it does do is make me appreciate more what she stood for and what she accomplished! So I never met her. Never got to appreciate her company. Never was able to enjoy her discourse one on one. Even so, I have been able to read her writings, read what others have written about her, and bottom line? I miss someone I have never had the privilege to meet! It's like saying "I never met George Washington but I miss him"? Really? Well, it might help if you understand that I am retired military ( Submarine Service) and as a consequence, it is easier for me to identify with those who place others ahead of self. I wish I had the privilege to have met her. Phyllis has earned my highest regards and her family has my sincere condolences.

Jim Baures

December 20, 2016

What a clear voice for doing the right thing in life! America needs more strong women like her to know the difference between right and wrong and to have the ability to verbalize it.


December 6, 2016

What a wonderful woman and remarkable role model to all Americans. I long for an America that would be filled with citizens of her caliber!


November 10, 2016

She was a great woman with a very good heart to defend traditional values that is good for the people. So sorry that she passed away. All my condolences to the family.

Vonda Wiedmer

October 25, 2016

What a great lady. A fighter for Jesus Christ who showed such grace and wisdom. I would like to be more like this very very fine good woman. Thank you family for sharing her with us.

Joe Voglund

October 17, 2016

So sorry to hear of the death of Phyllis Schlafly. I was honored to meet her in person several times. I will has a Mass said for her.

Judy Ryder

October 5, 2016

In the early 1970's, Phyllis Schlafly personally answered the phone the day I called her at home to ask her to help us fight the ERA out here in RI. Although we had never met or spoken previously, she agreed immediately to fly out and testify at RI's first televised legislative hearing, where she did her usual amazing job ticking off the arguments against the ERA, arguments which would never be successfully refuted. She returned another time to debate a feminist at Brown University, and was totally unflappable despite being treated very rudely by students banging on the doors and windows and turning their backs on her. Our family was privileged to host her overnight in our home, where we and our five children were blessed by her presence as she joined us for breakfast around our table. I loved Phyllis -- an unforgettable woman who possessed great faith, courage, perseverance and wisdom. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15
Judy Ryder, (retired) President of Eagle Forum of RI

Terri Ann Paske

October 4, 2016

It is never easy to say goodbye to dear ones.
Phyllis was a dear mentor, friend and an amazing lady whom I admired and was proud to know and then be a part of her organization as state leader for Montana Eagle Forum. She never hesitated to call and offer her personal help and wise advise as we "restarted" Montana Eagle Forum in 2002, and as a personal friend who was so kind to my husband and I when we lost our daughters. God didn't make many like Phyllis, what a blessing to have had her in our life. She will be missed. May she rest in the arms of Christ whom she loved deeply.