Phyllis J. Smith, 88, of Fremont, OH passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at ProMedica Memorial Hospital. She was born November 3, 1927 in Fremont, the daughter of Phillip and Hazel (Strawman) Billow. She was a 1945 graduate of Fremont Ross High School.
Phyllis married Gerard Smith on June 21, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont and he survives. She worked as a Secretary at Fremont Ross High School from 1945 to 1946 and as a Secretary at Toledo Edison from 1946 to 1948. Phyllis then worked as a Zoning Inspector for Riley Township for twenty-five years.
Phyllis was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Altar Guild. She was Past President and member of the Riley Garden Club, Riley Reapers Farm Women’s Club and President and Secretary of Sandusky County Federation of Farm Women. Phyllis was a Riley Buckeyes 4-H Advisor and Past President of Riley Mother’s Club. She loved to make soup and elderberry pies.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-nine years, Gerard Smith, Fremont; children, William (Peg) Smith, Fremont, Rick (Luella) Smith, Perrysburg, Linda (Kevin) Nitschke, Lake Havasu City, AZ; sisters, Beverly Kimball and Sandra (Jerry) Hyde, Fremont; grandchildren, Annette (Mark) Fisher, Derek Smith, Ryan (Heidi) Smith and Erin (Kevin) Vile; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Noah, Ethan, Ryleigh, Lucas, Jake, Alayna, Brenden and Samuel.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to the staff at Elmwood Assisted Living for their care.
Visitation: Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E . State St., Fremont, OH.
Service: Monday, July 18, 2016: 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 902 E. State St., Fremont, OH with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Scott Mauch will be officiating.
Burial: Schoch Cemetery, Riley Township
Memorials: St. Mark Lutheran Church
Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.whhfh.com