Phyllis J. Schoonover, 95, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 in Argos, Indiana.

Born on October 15, 1928 in Culver, Indiana she was the daughter of Everett M. and Eva (Hinshaw) Norris. She attended Culver High School graduating with the class of 1946. Phyllis would go on to Butler University receiving her Bachelor’s in Music and finishing her Master’s Degree in Library Science at Indiana University.

On March 12, 1949 Phyllis married James Schoonover in Culver, he preceded her in death on December 11, 2020. Phyllis was the head of Library Music at Butler University for 18 years retiring in 1992. A strong willed, fiercely independent, hard-working woman that was absolutely all about her family. She was significant help in raising her sister’s children after her passing. Phyllis’s love language was feeding her family and she was well known for her county fair prize-winning pecan pie.

She was a wonderful musician that played the organ, sang in the Fulton County Chorus as well as the church choir. Phyllis volunteered at the Marshall County Historical Society, enjoyed gardening, quilting and Christmas Candy making.

Phyllis was a member of First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity where she received the Sword of Honor, and Indiana Extension Homemakers.

She is survived by her four children: Phillip (Janet) Schoonover of Wheaton, Illinois, John Schoonover of Arlington, Texas, Sara (David) Longron of Springdale, Arkansas and Paul (Donna) Schoonover of Speedway, Indiana.  Three granddaughters: Jeanetta (Dale) McClelland, Melissa Schoonover, Kathryn Longron and two great grandchildren, her adopted sisters: Molly Milliser of Cincinnati, OH; Sharon Miesel of Wells, MA; Katie (Ken) Jones of Indianapolis, IN; her niece Barbara Johnson and nephew John Shafer.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, husband James, brother David Norris and her sister Joan Thompson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 from 11-1 pm at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Funeral services will immediately follow with Pastor Lauren Hall officiating.

Burial will take place in Poplar Grove Cemetery, Culver.

Memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN 46563, Butler University Jordan College of the Arts, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

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