Phyllis A. Bender, 78

Phyllis A. Bender, age 78, of Lyons, Ohio passed away Saturday night January 06, 2018 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. She was born May 16, 1939 in Wauseon, Ohio to the late A. LeRoy and Doris Margaret (Reichhardt) Emmons. She married Alvin E. Bender on March 15, 1980 and he preceded her in death on October 27, 2003. Phyllis was a LPN for over 40 years employed with the former Detwiler Hospital and Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, Ohio. Phyllis was a very joyful person and she always had a smile on her face.

Survivors include her children, Douglas and wife, Kimberly of Toledo, Ohio, Daniel and wife, Vicki, of Lyons, Ohio, Diane and husband, Steve Beadle, of Lyons, Ohio. Nine grandchildren. Thirty-two great-grandchildren. Brother, Floyd (Carol) Emmons, Wauseon, Ohio. Sister, Delores Simpson, Tecumseh, Michigan. Numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, father of her children, Kenneth Sallows, husband, Alvin Bender, brother, Marvin Emmons, sister-in-law, Shiqeko Emmons and brother-in-law, Dennis Simpson.

Funeral services 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 in Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, 219 S. Fulton Street, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. Interment will follow in Lyons Cemetery. Friends may call for time of visitation with the family 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lyons Fire Department or the Home Away From Home at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. Online condolences may be made at

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