Phyllis Lee Amble

June 28, 1931March 22, 2021

Phyllis Lee (Kelso) Amble, aged 89, of Ann Arbor, passed away March 22, at home. Born June 28th, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she grew up in Midland, Michigan. Losing her parents at a young age, Phyllis was raised by a team of uncles, aunts, and sisters. A graduate of Midland High School in 1949, she attended Michigan State College, and then moved to Ann Arbor in 1953 to work at the University of Michigan. While at the University’s Willow Run Labs, she found her life–long partner in all things fun – Henry – and they married in 1954. A caring woman of strong will, determination, and adventure, she was the rock of the family: she never missed track & cross country meets, swim meets, or band and orchestra concerts; and was a devoted fan of her beloved Wolverines and season ticket holder for both football and basketball (her first date with Henry was a Michigan hockey game); and spent years traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Hawaii, and to Norway, Great Britain, Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica. Most of all, Phyllis was a great wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor, determined to live her life her way. We will miss her Christmas cookies, knitting advice, and watching Jeopardy together (where she rarely answered a question incorrectly!). She was predeceased by her husband Henry, parents Walter and Luella, sisters Shirley and Eleanor, aunts Helen and Marion Dudd, uncles Karl and Harvey Dudd, and two loyal English Springer Spaniels, Nellie and Murphy. In addition to many nieces, nephews, and cousins, Phyllis is survived by four loving children – Karla Palmer (Steve), Laura Amble (Bill Novak), Robin Miesel (Victor), and David (Chelo Picardal). She was the adored Mormor to six grandchildren: Henry and Calvin Palmer; Susanna, Kristina, and Gabriella Miesel; and Jakob Amble. Memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, 48105, or the National Wildlife Federation ( A celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held in Ann Arbor, with details still to be arranged. Arrangements entrusted to the Muehlig Funeral Chapel Ann Arbor.


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Judy Pelton

April 1, 2021

Aunt Phyllis' laugh reminded me of Carol Jean. Her face often reminded me of Mom. But her wit was pure Phyllis! I always got the feeling if there was a mystery in the air - Aunt Phyllis knew the answers, knew the secrets - and if you were lucky, she just might tell you. I loved her very much. I wish I could have seen her over these many years. It's stupid to take anything or anyone for granted - especially someone you love. My prayers are with you, Karla, Laura, Robin, and David and all your families.
Rest in Peace, Aunt Phyllis, and give a kiss and hug to your sisters from me. <3

Cindy Quine

March 25, 2021

Loads of wonderful memories of Mrs Amble . She always made me feel so welcome at 3 Manchester Court. Karla, Laura, Robin & David - you are in my thoughts. Take Care.

Cindy Quine