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Phyllis Gaye Rust

Phyllis Gaye Rust of Ironton, Missouri passed away May 1, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born February 13, 1947 in Ironton, Missouri, the daughter of the late Leslie and Lucille “Lucy” (Hall) Meade.  She passed away after a 30-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.  Even as the disease took away her physical strength, she fought it at every turn.

On June 18, 1965 she was united in marriage to Anderson “Andy” Lloyd Rust who survives.  Also surviving are her four children: Leslie Wren and husband, James of Santa Rosa, California, Trina Ramsey and husband, Tom of Atlanta, Georgia, Jayna Rust and husband, Collin Swan of Washington, D.C. and Gabe Rust of Farmington, Missouri.  She is survived by five grandchildren, whom she adored: Taylor Wren, Olivia Ramsey, Leo Swan, Halie Rust, and Aiden Rust.  Her brother, Andrew Meade resides in Houston, Texas.  Phyllis was preceded in death by her brother, Billy Meade.

Phyllis was a 1965 graduate of Ironton High School.  She was a long-time member of the Arcadia Valley United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir.  Phyllis enjoyed being a homemaker.  She enjoyed sewing, making crafts, (especially making crafts with her friend, Connie Archer), flower gardening and working in her yard.  Most of all, she enjoyed her children and grandchildren and spent many hours babysitting for family friends.

In keeping with Phyllis’ wishes, her services will be private.  She will be interred at K of P cemetery in Ironton, Missouri.   Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 10420 Old Olive Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO  63141.  Online condolences may be made to the family at

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