Phyllis Ann (Crane) Wildman, age 87, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018.
She was born on February 8, 1931, in Martin County, Indiana, to the late William Daniel Crane and Rhoda Mae (Jewell) Crane.
Phyllis married the love of her life, Andrew Jackson Wildman, Jr., on August 15, 1945, in Shoals. There was much rejoicing on this day as it was the end of World War II with victory over Japan, with Harry S. Truman being President and dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima a short time before. Together they built a wonderful life. Phyllis was a homemaker, a wonderful cook, and always kept a garden, sharing much with family, friends, and neighbors.
In her younger life she was a nursing assistant with her sister in Indianapolis. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star serving twice as Worthy Matron and holding the Star Point of Esther for many years until her age and disabilities prevented her from doing so. She was a member of the Extension Homemakers Club, Jug Rox Grandmothers Club, and Hillcrest Christian Church.
Survivors include one son, Anthony Lowell Wildman and wife Peggy, of Shoals; one daughter, Esther Elaine Cottingham and husband Eugene, of Shoals; two grandchildren, Lori Canada and Mike Curry, of Bloomington; and Andrew Cottingham and wife Christa, of Indianpolis; five great-grandchildren, Jordan Canada and wife Jennifer, Jacob Canada, and James Curry, all of Bloomington; and Kylie Cottingham and Logan Cottingham, both of Indianapolis; and three great-great-grandchildren, Alex Hickman, Garrett Hickman, and Conner Hickman, all of Bloomington; and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as many great, great-great, great-great-great nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and four siblings, Johnny Crane, Marie (Crane) Franklin, Leon in infancy, and Lowell Crane. She was the last of her family.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Brother Charlie Scott officiated the service.
Burial will be made in the Spring Hill Cemetery, in Shoals.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Sunday.
Pallbearers were Andrew Cottingham, Lorie Canada, Jordan Canada, Jacob Canada, Victor William Neideffer, and David Armstrong.