Helen Marguerite Phebus, 88, a 60 year resident of Plymouth, formerly of Etna Green, who lived the past 54 years at 331 Pennsylvania Ave., died at 9:38 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2001. She died at Regency Place, Ft. Wayne, where she had been a resident since December. She had been battling a cancer-related illness since last August.
She was born in Marshall County on March 18, 1912, the daughter of Cloy E. and Dorothy B. McElhaney Ford. She graduated from Bourbon High School in 1930. A star basketball player, in her senior year her team won the state title.
On April 26, 1934, in Logansport, Helen and Walter G. Phebus were married. Walter died on December 13, 1975.
Helen was known to many for her friendly smile and helpful manner as a sales clerk for many years serving customers of the Model Pharmacy and later at the Meister Family Drug Store. She retired in the late 1980’s.
A sports fan she loved sporting events of all kinds; she followed I.U. and Purdue, the Chicago Cubs and the Indiana Pacers. She also enjoyed watching hockey. A seamstress, Helen was good with her hands and was adept at crocheting and other needlework. She enjoyed playing cards with local groups, especially euchre.
A member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, she loved to bake cookies that she shared with everyone.
Helen is survived by two sisters: Kathryn J. Anders, and her spouse Everett Lawson of Ft. Wayne, and Nell Rizzone of Anaheim, Calif. Several dear nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, two brothers and four sisters; George and Francis Ford, Eulah McLaughlin, Mary Easterday, Ruth Votaw and Evelyn Weisenberger.
Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2001, at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1110 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Additional visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral services at 2 on Saturday, January 20, 2001, in the funeral home. The Rev. Maurice Grindle, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Helen’s name may be made to the Trinity Church Elevator Fund.