Phyllis Lile Thomas Guthrie

Phyllis-Guthrie obit

Phyllis Lile Thomas Guthrie, 87, of Bellefontaine, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at her residence.

She was born in Bellefontaine on Aug. 30, 1926, to the late Frank Vernon and Abbie Ruth Hayes Lile.

Phyllis was a 1944 Bellefontaine High School graduate. On March 16, 1950, she married Kenneth Lewis Thomas and raised three children.

After many years of performing professionally all over the United States and Europe, she was a member of the U.S.O. and started Lile School of Dance and Gymnastics with her brother, James Lile. For more than 50 years, she taught dance, and with her daughters earned the Certification of Dance Masters of America.

She devoted her life to family and her extended family of students whom she had the privilege of instructing over the years.

Surviving are her second husband, Bill Guthrie, whom she married July 27, 1991, in Ft. Knox, Ky.; her children, Inalee Thomas (Long) Tan of Johnstown and Kenneth Lile (Angie) Thomas of Bellefontaine; grandchildren, Brendan L. Tan, Gabrielle M. Tan, Michael T. Vance and Marcus W. (Olivia) Vance; great-granddaughters, Hannah and Kayla Vance; son-in-law, James Young; her siblings, Katherine Hartzler of West Liberty, James Lile and Levi (Nancy) Lile, both of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her first husband, Kenneth, passed away June 3, 1984. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Abby K. Young; granddaughters, Tessa H. Vance and Amy Irene Vance; brother, Joe Lile; and a son-in-law, Michael R. Vance.

Pastor Bryan Meadows officiates a funeral at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Burial is in the Calvary Cemetery.

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