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Phyllis Irene Keefer, 86, of Big Lake, Columbia City, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Norwood Health and Rehab Center, Huntington, after a brief illness.
She was born on July 31, 1927, in Allen County, to Robert J and Elsie I. (Hambleton) Young.
She graduated from Lafayette Center High School with the Class of 1945. She was married on July 4, 1947, in Kentucky to Elmer M. Keefer, Jr.
She moved to Roanoke in 1947, to Zanesville in 1989, and then moved to her present home at Big Lake in 1994.
She was a factory worker at the Coil Factory, Roanoke, and Square D, Huntington, and retired in 1990 from Superior Auto. Her passion in life was her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and animals.
She is survived by two children, Karen (Jack) Landrum and Kevin (Mary) Keefer both of Huntington; one brother, Paul R. (Mary) Young; four grandchildren, Todd (Jill) Landrum, Troy (Sadie) Landrum, Kimberley Keefer-Hollowell and Chad (Rachel) Keefer; 10 great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Hunter and Jordan Hollowell, Colton, Corbin, Daphnee, Madison, Collin, Mason Landrum and Abigail Keefer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer M. Keefer, Jr. and â€śCharlieâ€ť her favorite cat.
Visitation will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday st 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Hoffer, of Union Church, Huntington, will be officiating. Burial will follow at Covington Memorial Garden Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
Memorial bequest may be given in her memory to Whitley County Humane Society. To sign the guest register and read additional obituary information, log onto www.demoneygrimes.com.