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Phyllis Williams


   Phyllis C. Williams, 94, passed away on Wednesday, December 2 at Reid Health.

   She was born Phyllis Chloe McIntire in Fountain City, Indiana, on February 17, 1926, the daughter of Robert Leilon & Marjorie Rose Brooks McIntire, both of whom preceded her in death. Phyllis was a 1944 graduate of Fountain City High School. She married Robert D. “Bob” Williams on February 14, 1947. They were blessed with four children and 62 years of marriage before his death on February 20, 2009.

   Phyllis worked at Belden during World War Two. She then devoted herself to being a homemaker and caring for her children. She was a dedicated caretaker many times in her life for her parents and an aunt. Even after moving to Brookdale, she continued caring for and looking after her fellow residents. She was an accomplished seamstress who created many needlework and quilt items for her family to cherish. Phyllis was a faithful member of the Northside Church of Christ in Richmond. She was a devout Bible scholar and was very active in the women’s groups of the church.

   Phyllis will be missed by her son & daughter-in-law, Robert D. “Bob” Jr. & Cathy Williams; daughters, Rev. Dr. Nancy Nelson; Judi Smelser & husband, Rev. Richard Smelser; Rev. Mary Ann Randolph & husband, Gary Randolph; grandchildren, Carri Evans (Eric), Mike Arnett (Mary Beth), Melissa Smith, Amy Charles (Todd), April Manwaring (Kyle), Kiersten Aubre, Sarah Radermacher (Ryan), Rob Wood (Giulianna), Ryan Wood, April Smith (Bryan), Todd Smelser (Jeana), Brendan Smelser, Brooke Randolph and Daniel Randolph (Rachel); 32 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.

    Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Harry Nelson; one great-grandchild, one great-great-grandchild, sister, Betty Moody and brother, Leilon McIntire.

   Graveside services for Phyllis will be private, with interment in Willow Grove Cemetery. Her service will be streamed via Facebook Live at the page of the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, beginning at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 5.

   Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Levi Coffin House Association, PO Box 77, Fountain City, IN 47341 or Northside Church of Christ, 1962 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374.


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Though I only knew her a year from working at Brookdale, I truly loved and cherished Phyllis. She would brighten my day no matter what. I looked at her as my Angel here on earth. I will keep her in my heart!

Aisha Cooper Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

Phyllis's children your mother has always been a special friend and a witness of her faith in our Lord Jesus.

Sharon Shelton Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

Bob and Cathy, Eric and Carri and Mike and Mary Beth, and family.
Debbie and I send our sincere condolences. May God comfort you at this time of loss.

Bruce and Debbie Morehous

Bruce and Debbie Morehous Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Though saddened by Mrs. William's loss, I'm hoping her family will be comforted in the thought of her reunion with "Boomer." Please accept my deepest sympathy in this transition.

Mark Thomas Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences for the entire family. Auntie Phil will be remembered as a sweet, kind and loving person. She was a tremendous friend to my entire family. Always one of my favorites. Love forever.

Don Miller Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Phyllis Williams Family,
We want to extend our sincere heartfelt sympathy to all of The Williams Family in the passing of Phyllis. I had personally known her since 1956 when I went to school at Fountain City where I was a classmate with Nancy for 12 years. You grow to know the entire family!
She was a very sweet, lovely person and Im so glad to have known her and all the family, even the extended McIntire family. You all are in my & my husband Bobs thoughts and prayers. She is now rejoicing in heaven with the family that has gone before her.
Love & sympathy.
Bob & Margaret Mikesell Wotherspoon

MargaretWotherspoon Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to all of the Williams family. Your Mom was simply one of the best individuals that I have met in my lifetime. She and your Dad were two of the people that made Fountain City the town that it is.

Brent Hendrix Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM