Phyllis Conway

June 29, 1936June 13, 2021


Phyllis Kathryn (Boatwright) Conway, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 13, 2021, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. at McLaren’s Funeral Home in West Des Moines, Iowa with a vigil at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa with burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Phyllis was born June 29, 1936, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Wilber and Clara Boatwright and was the youngest of seven children. She attended Holy Trinity, St. Joseph Academy and graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Phyllis raised seven children while juggling a 46-year nursing career that she loved. She was a devoted mother and cherished time with family and friends. She had an uncanny knack for mastering many hobbies including painting/sketching, sewing, gardening, cooking and decorating. Her favorite pastime was a good conversation over a glass of tea on the patio. Phyllis had deep faith, loved her family, and was very proud of her children and grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by seven children, Brian (Wendy), Maureen, Kevin (Jeanne), Katie, Norman (Laura), Erin Prendergast (Jeff) and Jerry (Angela); 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, Norman V. Conway, Jr.; parents; and five siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston, Iowa.


  • Brian Conway
  • Kevin Conway
  • Norman Conway
  • Jerry Conway
  • Jeff Prendergast
  • Mitch Prendergast
  • Brendan Conway


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021


Phyllis Conway

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Laurel Wirtz (Schipull)

July 15, 2021

Sending prayers to the 7 Conways that i helped care for during my college long ago! I just this past week came across a long letter i received from Phyllis after Norm died, and i reread it, thinking i would get in touch with her again. So sorry to hear of her passing, and would love to hear from any one of you about your life as adults! Some of you are even grandparents!! I am a grandparent of 16, so know the joy that the young ones bring.
Please know i am thinking of you, and have many fond memories of my "Des Moines children"! Laurel