She worked as a bookkeeper at Fort Wayne National Bank prior to her marriage to Max E. Barnhart on May 2, 1952. The couple lived their early married years in Columbus, OH, Fort Wayne, and Churubusco. In 1956 they moved to Kendallville and purchased the Barnhart Rexall Pharmacy on Main Street. The couple raised their three children, Suzanne, Kathleen, and Max II in their home on N. State Street.
Max Barnhart died at age 45 in November, 1973. Mrs. Barnhart continued to raise her children in Kendallville. Her children are graduates of East Noble High School and Purdue University. Her children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter are deeply grateful for her loving devotion and personal sacrifices on their behalf. Phyllis worked for several years in Chronister’s Gift Shop, The Jean Shop, and Chronister’s Pharmacy. Mrs. Barnhart was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed visiting her married children as they moved through Michigan, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. She loved her grandchildren and actively participated in their lives, always present for the big and small milestones. She traveled throughout the US, and toured Europe in 2008. She was an avid reader of history, mystery, and fiction.
She is survived by her brother, Wayne Crance of Churubusco; her two daughters and her son, Suzanne (Daniel) Wible of Doylestown, PA, Kathleen (Patrick) Shanahan of Howell, MI, and Max Barnhart II (Teressa) of Muncie; grandchildren, Adam Wible of London, Emily Wible of Philadelphia, Caitlin and Kelli Shanahan of Howell, Michigan, Chantel Plencner and Jared Barnhart of Muncie; and a great-granddaughter, Ella Plencner of Muncie and several nieces and nephews.
Her children and grandchildren will receive friends and family from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 at Hite Funeral Home at 403 S. Main Street in Kendallville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be directed to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association.