Phyllis A. Neumann

November 08, 1941 ‒ January 27, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Phyllis A. Neumann, age 78, peacefully passed away Jan 27, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

She was born Nov 8, 1941 in Millersburg to parents Harris & Mary Ferne Palmer and was a 1959 graduate of Millersburg High School. Phyllis earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Baldwin Wallace College. She met a dashing gentleman named Eldon Neumann and the pair married on Aug 12, 1967.

Phyllis worked 5 years as an elementary teacher and later substitute taught many years for Lexington Local Schools. She enjoyed horses and watching OSU football, Cleveland Browns games, and Dancing with the Stars. Phyllis kept a home in Florida at The Villages and was a docent for the Florida Carriage Museum. Preserving the past was important to Phyllis and she had a vast knowledge of history and antiques. She and her sister Sara loved to “go auctioning” together.

Phyllis was a member of United Methodist Church of the Cross in Lexington where she formerly served as the Children’s Coordinator. She was quite the social butterfly and was involved with the Welcome Wagon, a local Garden Club, and kept close friendships with high school friends, former neighbors, and nearly everyone she met. She will be remembered for her determined spirit and for being an excellent teacher—a skill she passed on to her kids.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Eldon Neumann of Mansfield; children (& spouses) Steve & Bonnie Neumann of Plain City, Mike & Carrie Neumann of Austin, TX, and Beth & Tim Frey of Oxford; grandchildren Scott (Anne) Dietrich, Grace Neumann, Nate Neumann, Curtis Akers, and Adam Akers; great-grandchildren Cameron and Kennedy Dietrich; along with many, many wonderful friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her dear sister Sara E. Palmer in 1998.

A funeral service will be held at 4pm Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Ave, Mansfield OH 44904). Family and friends are invited to call prior to the service from 1 to 4 pm. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate and burial at a later date will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg. Contributions to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation may be brought or sent to the funeral home. Gifts can also be made online here.

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  • Oh my sweet Phyllis…you will be missed so very much by so many people.

    Sending love and comfort to all who were close to her.

  • She will be forever in my heart. Enjoyed many years of a sweet friendship and shared memories from growing up together. Praying peace and comfort to Eldon, Steve, Mike, Beth and all who loved her and will miss her presence.

  • My dear friend and former roommate of eight years!Phyllis was like a sister to me and I will miss her tremendously!

  • My dear friend and former roommate of eight years!I will miss Phyllis tremendously!!I pray for comfort for her entire family.We had many fun times together and she was an inspiration to me.In loving memory,Ellen Smart

  • Many good memories of Phyllis in the band and choir at MHS in Millersburg. I remember her Mom in home Ec, her Dad was in the Court House a Commissioner. They were a beautiful family, I know she will be missed by her family. Condolences and Blessings to you all ,( wasn’t she a majorette?)

  • What a wonderful video tribute to Phyllis. May she rest in peace .
    My condolences to family and friends. Lives touched, memories shared.
    Forever in our hearts.

  • Phyllis was our “next door” neighbor in the Villages, Florida. She was a wonderful friend to everyone on our street. She was kind, thoughtful and fun loving. It was a joy to have her as a neighbor. We will miss her greatly. May God’s Grace and comfort be with Eldon and all of her family.

    Alton and Lucy Rae Bailey
    The Villages, Florida

  • I am so very sad to find out today that my cousin Phyllis has passed on. She was such a sweet, kind, friendly and interesting person. I and my siblings (Teta, Robin, and Cliff) and our parents saw her and her sister Sara and parents Shorty and Ferne several times while we were growing up. We kept up with occasional letters. My children were in 4H in Kansas while Beth was riding in 4H in Ohio. In the early 2000’s, my husband and I visited Phyl and “Mike” several times and really had fun. We’ve been keeping up with at least yearly letters. My heart goes out to Mike and the children and all the rest of her family.