2017-05-17 / Obituaries

Phyllis M. Hallar

Phyllis Marie Hallar, 86, of Monticello, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2017, at White Oak Health Campus, Monticello.

She was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Americus, to the late Alfred and Versa (Giles) Cunningham. On June 24, 1951, she married James “Jim” Hallar at the Presbyterian Church in Delphi and he survives.

Phyllis was a graduate of Buck Creek High School. After high school, she worked at Purdue University in bookkeeping. Shortly after she and Jim were married she left the university to co-farm with her husband until their retirement.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Delphi.

Phyllis served as director, treasurer, and secretary for White County Farm Bureau. She was a Republican committee member and served as Precinct Election Polls Captain for Union Township for over 30 years. She was also a member of Theta Iota Chapter of Psi Iota Xi.

She was a passionate and dedicated volunteer for the American Heart Association, and among other supporting roles, she was well known for collecting local donation funds. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society and was involved with the jump rope fundraising program. She was a ten-year member of 4-H, who as an adult volunteered at Ag Day with White County 4-H and helped serve meals.

Phyllis was a cancer survivor and participated in the Survivor’s Lap during White County Relay for Life.

She enjoyed drawing and was a lover of art and music. An excellent seamstress and cook, she was known for her noodles, angel food cakes, coconut and banana cream and lemon meringue pies.

Surviving with her husband are three children, James Hallar Jr. (Cyndy) of Vancouver, Wash., Michelle Weathers (James) of Wheeling, Ill., and Cindy Cook (Mike) of Americus; siblings, Jack Cunningham (Kate), Helen Foster, and Bob Cunningham (Joyce), all of Lafayette, Harriett Anderson of Round Lake Beach, Ill., Marge Schmuki (Bill) of Littleton, Colo.; three granddaughters; seven grandsons; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Dale and Gene Cunningham; a sister, Cecil Banghart; and a grandson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello. The Presbyterian Deacon’s Prayer Circle will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Lyle Ewing of the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello and Pastor Dan Gottschalk officiating. Burial will be at Riverview I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Psi Iota Xi, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Messages of condolence may be extended at http://www.springerfuneralhome.com/.

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