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A woman of unwavering faith, Phyllis read her bible daily and she loved reading in general, particularly about history and Christian novels. She was also considered the Crace and Trump family historian as she found it gratifying to look up family history and their lineage. Her church family was another important part of Phyllis' life. She was a longtime member of Columbia City United Methodist Church where she served on the church board, the Building Committee, as a Sunday school teacher, the Phoebe Circle, on the Administration Council and as a member of United Methodist Women.

With quiet faith, Phyllis lived by example. She never pushed her beliefs, yet with a grace and humbleness all her own, she was always ready to share a kind word. Many found it hard to believe Phyllis was a private person, however, around family friends she was very open and shared unending hugs and love. No one ever heard a foul word from her, and what truly shocked those who knew Phyllis best was in knowing she quite often felt like she could be a better person. It was simply in Phyllis' nature to be humble, genuine, and sweet in all she said and did.

During times of difficulty and misfortune, Phyllis was one to comfort and say, "Everything always works out". Even on the day her beloved son, Matthew passed away in a tragic car accident, Phyllis had the wherewithal to visit the driver of the car her son was riding with. She shared that the driver was not to blame and was wholeheartedly concerned. Even in recent days, Phyllis kept a relationship with the driver, having held a close bond throughout the years. While most other parents would have become bitter and angry, Phyllis ministered. Following her son's death, Phyllis worked through her grief by joining the Whitley County Compassionate Friends where numerous times she helped other parents in Whitley County work on their own grief issues

After working in the offices at GE for 15 years, Phyllis was then associated with the Peoples Bank before retiring in 1991 as an assistant manager. She then began assisting her husband in the operation of Ken Crace Real Estate and Appraisal, Inc.

In addition to her service at church, Phyllis was also a member of the Sorosis Literary Club, Whitley County Compassionate Friends, and on the board for the Light House Homeless Shelter as well as a board member for Columbia City Parks Board and the Delta Theta Tau Sorority.

Phyllis spent her free time enjoying crafts like candle wicking, sewing, and knitting. Come rain or shine, she never missed her weekly hair appointment. Most recently, and every time she needed to be taken to the hospital for care, she was sure to get her hair done before being admitted! More than anything, Phyllis loved spending time with her family who brought her the greatest joy.

Ever gracious and humble, Phyllis Crace lived with a servant's heart. From her family to her friends and church, she gave from the heart. She lived each day she was given forever blessed by God's graces, and in the hearts of all who will deeply miss her, she will be remembered for her unfaltering example of love, humility, and joy.

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