Phyllis Oakes, 1929-2018

Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Phyllis J. Oakes, 88, of LaPorte, Indiana, who passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at her home.

She was born November 16, 1929, in LaPorte, Indiana, the daughter of Floyd D. Lang and Mary P. (Ellis) Lang.

Phyllis enjoyed reading and making and painting ceramics, but her greatest love was being a homemaker and spending quality time with her family.

On May 22, 1949, in LaPorte, Indiana, she married Paul E. Oakes, who preceded her in death May 26, 1989.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Ballard of LaPorte; son, Darwin Oakes of La Porte; sister, Marjorie Thompson of LaPorte; four grandchildren, Ryan (Jodie) Oakes, Bradi (Travis) Ballard-Curtis, Dustin (Laura) Oakes and Brian (Laura) Ballard; and six great-grandchildren, Ashley Oakes, Tyler Oakes, Madison Oakes, Charles Ballard, Colin Ballard, and Jetson Curtis.

Phyllis was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, and her sister, Lela Krassow.

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, where the family will receive friends Thursday, February 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday, February 23, from 9 to 10 a.m. A life celebration will be held at the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Pamela Pask officiating. Interment will follow at Kingsbury Cemetery, Kingsbury, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383; the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or the American Cancer Society, 130 Redcoach, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

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13 Responses to “Phyllis Oakes, 1929-2018”

  1. Brian L Graham

    Feb 20. 2018

    So sorry to hear about this, Darwin. She had a great, long life.

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  2. Marti Swanson

    Feb 20. 2018

    Our love and deepest sympathies! Phyllis was a lovely and loving person.!

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  3. Jeni & Doc Banic

    Feb 21. 2018

    Darwin: We are so very sorry to hear about your mom. She was one classy lady for sure! She was always dressed so stylish and always had a smile!! Much love and hugs to all of your family.

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  4. Cory and Amy Huber

    Feb 21. 2018

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

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  5. Rose Santini

    Feb 22. 2018

    Gloria: So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. Cherie Mack

    Feb 25. 2018

    Just saw this notice about your mom. I always enjoyed your funny stories about her. Let those be the memories you hold in your heart.

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  7. Bette Conroy

    Feb 26. 2018

    Very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. A very long time friend.

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  8. Larry Levenhagen

    Mar 02. 2018

    Sorry to hear. Prayers and comfort to you, Darwin. Thinking of you

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  9. Barbara Zeman

    Mar 07. 2018

    Just seen she passed, condolence from Joan, Barbara, Jerry & Alan Good for your loss may the Lord comfort you all.

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  10. Chris Kendall

    Mar 08. 2018

    Darwin: Just found out about your mom. Very sorry for your loss.

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  11. Pam Reed

    Mar 10. 2018

    Gloria and Darwin, I just read of your Mom’s passing. I always thought of her as my 2nd Mom. I can still her her laugh. My thoughts and prays are with you both.

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  12. Lorraine& Charlie Friend

    Mar 15. 2018

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person. When I read Pam’s response I actually heard that genuine laugh.It was one you could never forget. Prayers to all your family

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  13. Sally Thorp

    Mar 27. 2018

    Gloria. So sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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