Phyllis Virginia (Mahlum) Kosley, 95, of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away on April 5, 2023 after a long, full life.

Phyllis was born on March 18, 1928 to Olaf and Ida Mahlum in Barnes County/Hastings, North Dakota. After graduating from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, ND in 1946, she set off for an adventure with her younger sister, Yvonne, and ended up finding a new place to call home. 

Soon after arriving in Colorado Springs in 1950, Phyllis met and then married Thomas Kosley, Jr. in January 1951.  They had two children Kim (Kosley) Crepeau and Jeff Kosley. 

Phyllis was a Sunday school teacher in her church in Colorado Springs for many years.  She also belonged to Christian Women’s Club (CWC) and was a speaker for 12 years, traveling regionally for speaking engagements and women’s ministry. Beloved by her students from over 20 years of piano and organ instruction, Phyllis spread the love of music. She performed on the piano and organ as well as listened to her many students at local recitals.

After retiring in 1990, Phyllis spent time as an avid bible scholar, visiting family and friends, adding to her expansive bell collection, performing with the Golden Boot Scooters, volunteering, playing Bridge with friends and at the CS Senior Center, and of course – shopping!

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, spouse, daughter, and great grandson. She is survived by her son, Jeff Kosley, granddaughters, Heather Kohlhase and Jenny Lopez, grandsons Ralph Kohlhase and Mitch Lopez, great grandsons, Scott Kohlhase and Adam Kohlhase, and many treasured nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to express its appreciation to the many caregivers, healthcare workers and support staff that met Phyllis’ needs along the last years of her journey.

There will be a service to celebrate Phyllis’s life and to honor her memory at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.  There will be a light reception after the service at the “Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center”, 975 S. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. I remember Phyllis from church. My parents (Darlene and Curtis Aaland) thought highly of Phyllis! Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort to the family!

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