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Phyllis J. Trafzer-Hill

Phyllis J. Trafzer-Hill, age 92, of Marion, Ohio died November 28, 2017 following a six year history of dementia.  On February 11, 1925 she was born to the late Frank Bradley and Mildred (Lardinois) Bradley in Pontiac, Illinois.  She married Samuel W. Trafzer on August 28, 1943 at First Methodist Church in Paris, Texas.  Together they shared 54 years.  Phyllis is survived by daughters, Judith Detwiler, Joanne Smith, Jerri New, Jacqueline Caillouette, Janice Smith, and Jennifer Stinson; son, James Trafzer; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 3 great- great- grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by husband, Samuel W. Trafzer and second husband, James M. Hill.  Phyllis worked for Paul Granger Real Estate for many years.  She also owned businesses during her career of Trafzer Swimming Pools, Old House Beauty Salon and Stanley Home Copper Sales.  At different stages of her life she resided in Pontiac, IL, Maysville, KY until the flood of 1937, Springfield, OH, Flint, MI and Marion, OH.  Phyllis was active in helping the elderly at Emanuel and Timothy Lutheran Churches, loved playing cards with friends, reading, her CCL Group and her 1943 High School Class Reunions.  She had a spunky attitude all her life, was hard working, always giving to others, a great salesperson, and the most patient, impatient person you could ever meet.  Phyllis’ greatest joy and proudest achievement was her seven children, twenty grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Kindred Hospice of Marion, OH and Gahanna, OH plus all the staff at Kingston Residences of Marion and Continuing Health Care of Gahanna.  A private family service and interment will be held at a later date.  Please make contributions in Phyllis’ memory to Kindred Hospice, 1199 Delaware Ave., #102 C, Marion, OH 43302 or Marion Animal Shelter, 2264 Richland Rd., Marion, OH 43302.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Norma Brownfield says:

    Joanne and family I am so sorry for your loss. It is very hard to lose a parent but no one wishes them to suffer. She is now with those who went before. I am sure she is very happy and at piece.

  • Kathy Flynn DeCoux says:

    Very sad news.I know Phyliss passing is hard and grief is deep. You have my prayers and heart felt sympathy. She will always be in my heart.

  • Janeen Carson says:

    Joanne, My deepest sympathies. Please know we are here for you if you need anything. She’s at peace….I hope that are too.

  • Rob says:

    Im going to miss my grandma Sam i will never forget about u grandma we all love u alot

  • Dave and Alice says:

    Joanne, so sorry to hear about cousin Phyllis. All of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.we will miss seeing her on our trips to Ohio.
    God bless you all.
    Dave and Alice

  • Sam & Gloria Liebfreund says:

    Joanne, Sam and I are both so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. From the description of her, she sounds an awfully lot like you; and I’m sure you have many loving memories. It’s really been a rough couple years for you… hang in there.
    ❤️ Sam & glo

  • April Boyd says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom Jan. You are in my thoughts.

  • David Trafzer says:

    My condolences and prayers to the extended family for the loss of a loved one ,may you rest in peace Phyllis J Trafzer Hill.

  • Mike parrish says:

    Ben so sorry for your loss

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