GOSHEN — Phyllis M. Defrees, 81, died Monday afternoon at Woodland Manor, Elkhart.
She was born Feb. 17, 1932 in Goshen, to Roland Roy and Ina May (Landaw) Carter.
She married Lowell W. Defrees July 15, 1950, in Goshen.
He survives along with three children, Rick Defrees of Oregon, Marcie (Randi) VanderMolen, Millersburg, and Kristy (Gary) Webb, Anderson; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; three stepgrandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by six sisters.
A homemaker, Mrs. Defrees graduated from Goshen High School in 1950. She was a member of New Paris Church of the Brethren.
Private family services will take place with burial following at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Center for Hospice Care or the New Paris Church of the Brethren.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be shared with the family at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.