Phyllis Irene Cossette of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully at her home in Edgewood Vista on    Saturday, March 5th 2011, at the age of 78.

Phyllis was born Sept 7th, 1932 and grew up on the family farm in Davenport, ND, with her parents, Milton and Edna Hans, and her brother Leland.  Phyllis was a graduate of Fargo Central High School in 1950.  She loved to learn and continue her education by attending college at NDSU.  While at NDSU she was a member of the Gold Star Marching Band.  In 1952 she was crowned Homecoming Queen.  Phyllis continued her education obtaining a degree from Moorhead Teaching College (MSU) and then earned a Medical Technology degree from St. Luke's Hospital.  In her 50's, Phyllis returned to MSU to gain an accounting degree.

Phyllis married Ivan "Bud" Cossette on May 18, 1957, and soon after they built their home of 50 years in Wild Rice, ND, where they raised their family.  Phyllis was a nature lover, avid gardener, enjoyed canning and preserving, snow skiing, travel, music, and winters in the southern United States in their motor home.

Phyllis had many friends in the area, was very active at St. Benedicts Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and being an active member of the Ladies Guild.

Phyllis is survived by her husband Ivan "Bud", children Paul (Suzanne), Julie (Alex Mejia), Gary, Diane, Jim (Kristin), Mike, Tom, and David, and grandchildren Josh Skyberg, Justin Skyberg, John, Grayce Darrah, Mark, Cody, Taylor, and Brayden.

Phyllis was a loving wife, mother and friend to us all. We will miss her.

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