Phyllis Jean Egolf, age 87, of Columbia City, IN, passed away at 1:13 pm on Monday January 4, 2021 at Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born on March 15, 1933 in Allen County, IN, she was the daughter of Archie and Eva (Runyan) Smith.
Phyllis attended Jefferson Center High School and graduated with the Class of 1951. On February 4, 1966 she married Ronald Egolf in Columbia City.
Phyllis worked at Lincoln Life, Sears, North Line Street Marathon, and also sold Avon products. She enjoyed collecting giraffes, baking, painting, and puzzling. Phyllis also spent time with her family and watching nature, especially butterflies and hummingbirds.
Survivors include her children David (Cathy) Gardner, Diane (Dennis) Sheets, and Douglas Egolf all of Columbia City, and Dennis (Tammy) Egolf of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother Lloyd Dale Smith of Fort Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ronald Egolf, sisters Dorothy Waldrop and Mildred Crandal, and brother Earl Smith.
Funeral services for Phyllis will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday January 8, 2021 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with calling two hours prior to service. With the current Executive Order, face masks are required for attendance.
Burial in South Park Annex Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial donations may be given in memory of Phyllis to Whitley County Humane Society, Whitley County Historical Society, or The Center.
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