Greenlawn Funeral Home

6750 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN


Phyllis Elaine Arnold

September 24, 1927June 18, 2020

Phyllis Elaine (Hillyer) Arnold, 92, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday June 18, 2020 at The Cedars in Leo, Indiana. Thankfully, family was able to be with Phyllis during her last few days. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Forrest Byron Hillyer and Grace Irene (Alleman) Hillyer. Phyllis was raised outside the farming community of Edgerton, Ohio, and later graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Phyllis was one of the founders of the Three Rivers Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne and worked for that organization up until her retirement. Phyllis was married to Willard Joseph Arnold, Jr., deceased, of Fort Wayne and she is survived by her three children Bruce (Lorene) Arnold, Neal (Jan McMurtry) Arnold, Lisa Arnold, and six grandchildren. Private funeral services will held be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6600 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN, Memorials to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.


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Leroy and Joyce Bontrager

June 22, 2020

What wonderful memories we have of good times spent with both of your parents. They taught us to play bid Euchre, which we continued with 5 after Willard's death.
Phyllis also cruised with us through one of the worst storms we had at sea. There were waves reaching the 8th floor making so we could not reach our last port of call.
After meeting Phyllis, I did not go though a gift shop while traveling without looking for something unique with butterflies she would enjoy.
Phyllis always met us with a smile...no matter if it was at her home, while she was volunteering or even later in the nursing home. We will miss her vibrancy.

Jan Pifer Biddle

June 21, 2020

Happy , my name is Jan Pifer Biddle . your parents were neighbors to my parents on Elnora drive. During a winter storm on December 1 ,1955 , your mother helped deliver me into the world while at home. I am eternally grateful for her nursing skill and the care she gave to my mother. Both our mothers were nurses as am I Both our mothers were taken from us by cancer. My deepest sympathy for your loss . Your mother has always hold a special place in my heart. God’s peace and strength during this time Jan

Dana Fink

June 21, 2020

I will never forget my fond memories of Phyllis. She was one of the kindest people to be around. She always made me feel loved whenever I spent time with her. I will always think of her whenever I see a butterfly... thank you for your wonderful friendship all these years, I will miss dearly.