Phyllis C. Elkins

Elkins Phyllis obit

Phyllis C. Elkins, 88, of Wapakoneta died at 10:12 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Auglaize Acres.

She was born in Plymouth, Ind., on May 5, 1925, a daughter of the late Ford I. and Eva Lackey Keyser.

On May 17, 1947, she married Joseph E. Elkins Sr. and he died Oct. 30, 2013. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Smith and Mary Clouse.

Survivors include children, Joseph E. (Debbie) Elkins Jr. of Bluffton, Ind., William (Janice) Elkins and Jayne (Doug) Place, both of Wapakoneta, Dr. Frederick (Cheryl) Elkins of Bellefontaine and Beverly (Jeff) Ray of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Wagner of Plymouth, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Robert Smith of Mishawaka, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Jayne Pesch of Plymouth, Ind.

A homemaker, Phyllis was a registered nurse. Along with her husband Joe, she owned and operated the BK Root Beer Stand in Wapakoneta, from 1967 until 1984.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta, and its Mary Hannah Unit.

Phyllis was raised in LaPaz, Ind., and graduated from Plymouth High School. She also graduated from the St. Margaret’s School of Nursing, Hammond, Ind.

During World War II, she was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps.

While living in Plymouth, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Tri Kappa Sorority. Her hobbies included genealogy, hunting mushrooms, and wintering in Lake Placid, Fla.  

Pastor Kim Pope-Seiberling officiates a funeral at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta. Burial is at 3 p.m. in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.

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