Donna Jill Phillips

December 19, 1948October 21, 2017

Donna "Jill" Phillips, 68, of Bluffton passed away at 4:54 PM on Saturday, October 21, 2017 with loved ones at her side. Jill was retired after several years in various fields of Social Work throughout Allen and Wells Counties. Most recently she held a position at "A Friend's House" in Bluffton. Jill was a 1967 graduate of Dunkirk High School and a 2014 graduate of Bluffton Bible College. She was a beloved member of the Harvest Time Bible Church congregation and loved serving troubled individuals through the jail ministry in Wells County. Jill loved watching movies and spent a lot of time encouraging countless people through writing beautiful cards and notes of encouragement. She will likely be most remembered for her unique and infectious laugh and sense of humor. She was a friend to many and her greatest joys were being "Mamaw" to her grandchildren and serving with her church family.

Jill was born on December 19, 1948 in Portland, IN, to Tommy Dale and Elizabeth Marie (Zdravecky) Phillips.

Survivors include three daughters: Branda Musselman of Fort Wayne, Brett (Mike) McBride of Bluffton, and Blair Wright of Speedway, IN; a son: Mitchell (Maggie) Westerman of Indianapolis; Eight grandchildren: Reed, Tess, Quincee, Quade, Maryn, Elias, William, and Elleanor. A brother: Tommy Dale "Chip" Phillips II of Dunkirk, IN; three nephews, and some beloved cousins.

She was preceded in death by a sister: Dixie Mumbower.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 3-8 PM at the Harvest Time Bible Church, 11015 S. 600 E., Keystone, Indiana.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Church with Pastor Tony Robles officiating.

Preferred Memorials are to the Harvest Time Bible Church or to Down Syndrome Indiana both sent in c/o Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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October 26, 2017

Mitch, you are in our thoughts and prayers and are sorry for your loss. Wishing your mom peace.

Jeff and Lori Thiele

Dave / Dawn Milligan

October 25, 2017

What a blessing to have known you Jill. You'll always live in our memories and we look forward to seeing you as part of the greeting committee when we cross over.

Leland and Wanita Lindquist

October 24, 2017

You are our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Jill very much.

Lisa & Gary Schleinkofer

October 24, 2017

Branda and family, words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that others care and are praying for you.

Lisa, Gary & Alec Schleinkofer

Carol Houseman Blackwell

October 24, 2017

I wish condolences to Chip and family and to Jills children and grandchildren. We were childhood playmates and fellow graduates of Dunkirk HS class of 1967. She was always fun to be around as children with an infectious laugh.

Nancy Clamme Kampovsky

October 24, 2017

Wishing peace to Jill, a 1967 Dunkirk High School classmate. Wishing strength and sending love to her family.

Linda Haag

October 23, 2017

Jill was always vibrant and fun-loving. I loved her positive outlook on life and her infectious laugh, but most of all her heart for Jesus. She was a wonderful friend and I will miss her.

Sherry Barnes

October 23, 2017

There is not enough space to put how much Jill meant to me. She could take ordinary stories and make them hilarious. I'm smiling now just thinking of them. I just drove past her house not too long ago and she was out, I beeped at her, now I wish so much I would have stopped. In her passing she is still teaching me something...slow down, life really is too short. I'm gonna miss you Jill!

Paula Hunnicutt

October 23, 2017

Jill was a great friend and like a sister to me. She made me laugh and cry and I loved her dearly. I will truly miss her.

Andrea Ramirez

October 23, 2017

Condolences to the family. I am a friend of her daughter Blair Wright. I didn't know her personally but feel like I did through the many stories Blair has shared. She has wonderful children who have inherited her wonderful spirit and zest for life. This is not goodbye, but see you later. A heartfelt wish for peace to you all during this time of heartache.