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Phyllis "Jean" Elliott


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Phyllis "Jean" Elliott Obituary

HILLSDALE - Phyllis "Jean" Elliott died peacefully on January 16, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ.

She was born in Wheatland Township, MI on March 10, 1923 and grew up at her parent's family farm on Jerome Road, outside of North Adams. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class at North Adams High School where she was active in sports, especially basketball.

Jean moved to Hillsdale with her husband, Robert, in 1945 and resided there for 70 years. Robert and Jean owned and operated the R&J Shop for 40 years where Jean kept the books and made sure the store ran smoothly. They were active members of the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church. Jean provided baked goods, handmade quilts, and time for many church projects.

Jean and Robert moved to Scottsdale in early 2013 to be close to their son and daughter-in-law. She and Robert (until his death in Jan. 2014) lived at Belmont Village Senior Living where they met many new friends and were assisted by a truly caring staff.

Jean was a terrific Mom and Grandmother who modeled hard work, baked great pies, and treated everyone kindly. She was a giving and gentle person with a wonderfully positive spirit who will be greatly missed.

Jean was preceded in death by Robert Elliott, her husband of 69 years; Ellen Kay Elliott, her daughter; her parents Arch and Velma "Ruth" Smith; and her siblings, Evelyn Ward Woodward and Jerry Smith. She is survived by her brother, Herb Smith, son Steve Elliott and his wife Anita, her grandsons Dustin and Andrew Elliott, and granddaughter Shantel Shegog.

A memorial service will be held in Hillsdale when the flowers are blooming this spring. An announcement with the date of the service will be printed in the newspaper.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church, 45 N. Manning St, Hillsdale, MI 49242.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Jan. 19, 2016
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