Phyllis Gayle Conklin

January 4, 1940August 3, 2018

Phyllis Gayle (Bayless) Conklin fell asleep in death on Friday, August 3, 2018, at her home in Kettering, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Lucille Bayless, brother John Bayless, and son-in-law Johnny Keene. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Wells Conklin, daughters Vicki Keene, Lisa (Terry) King, son David (Melissa) Conklin, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Phyllis was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and was a resident of Kettering, Ohio, since 1971. She loved sewing, crafts, fishing, and raising Jack Russell Terriers. She dedicated her life to Jehovah in 1961, and served faithfully through incredible difficulties until her death. Her strength and positive outlook in the face of terrible physical suffering in the last years of her life is truly an inspiration. We look forward to the day when she wakes up whole, healthy, and young in the Paradise that the Bible promises. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 2580 Woodman Drive, Kettering, on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 2:00PM, with Donn Carroll officiating.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 18, 2018

Phyllis Gayle Conklin

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Linda Richardson

November 16, 2018

I just saw this obituary for Phyllis. Tom and I have always had wonderful memories of our friendship with Phyllis and Wells during the 70’s in Dayton, Ohio for NCR training. Not knowing anyone at that time, Phyllis was a special kind friend to me and My husband, Tom had great respect for Wells. Tom went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 29, 2018 and is missed by all of us. Even though we have not seen you for a long time, I will miss Phyllis and will pray for your family.
Linda Mae Richardson, Wichita, KS

Jodie Esperanza (Weber)

August 16, 2018

Sending the most heartfelt condolences to you all. Sis was such an elegant and beautiful woman. I was raised by her parents Lucille and Dale which were actually my Great Aunt and Uncle and thought of her as my big sister. She would come out once a year with her husband Wells or alone and once with Vicki and Nick and oh and how I loved it! Picking her up at the airport is a fond memory, and her dressed so beautifully. Sometimes she surprised me at school. The visit never lasted long enough. I miss and regret not picking up the phone and calling you. Haven’t heard anything for about 12 years or so. May you rest in your beautiful paradise till we meet again. I love you Sis!
Jodie Esperanza from Arizona