Phyllis Ann Haviland

July 12, 1931 ‒ June 26, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Phyllis Ann Haviland (nee Davis), 84, passed away quietly early Sunday morning on June 26, 2016.  She was in the presence of loving family members at the time of her passing.

Phyllis (also known as “Pat”) was born on July 12, 1931 in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of William and Irene Davis.  She married Robert Hugh Haviland of Marion on October 2, 1949.  Together they had four children: William (Bill), Robert (Bob), Debra (Debbie), and Bryan.

Phyllis was a loving Christian friend, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was incredibly non-judgmental and supportive of others.  She will be remembered for her independence, caring nature, practical wisdom and innocent humor.

She graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1949.  Educationally, she excelled in good penmanship, application of grammar and reading.  She enjoyed dancing, singing, roller skating, bowling and played a variety of word and card games, with a particular penchant for euchre.

She was a devoted member of First United Church of Christ where she volunteered at community breakfasts and other events.  She also volunteered at Marion General Hospital, where she worked in the gift shop.

She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and will be deeply missed by her large circle of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob and sister, Eileen Crissinger.  She is survived by her four children: Bill (Ann) of LaCrosse, WI, Bob (Jennifer) of Marion, OH, Debra Deerwester (Mark) of Kenton, OH, and Bryan (Georgeanna) of Worthington, OH; 12 grandchildren: Samuel (Renae), Julia, Mark Haviland and Kate Schroeder (Bill’s children), Benjamin (Breanne) and Nicholas (Bob’s children), Ryan (Hilary) Houston, Holly (Gabe) Meister, and Heather (Tyson) Kelly (Debra’s children), Andrew (Allison), Matthew (Desere), and Annalee Haviland (Bryan’s children); 10 great-grandchildren: Abigail, Grace, and Issac Meister (Holly’s children); Bailee Phillips and Alleigh Maxwell (Heather’s children); Kaleb, Ava, and Nora Houston (Ryan’s children), Layne Haviland (Nicholas’ child), and Riley Haviland (Matthew’s child).

A memorial service will be held at First United Church of Christ, 326 South Prospect St., Marion, Ohio, on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7 p.m.  A visitation will precede the memorial service from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers please send gifts in her memory to First United Church of Christ.  The family wishes to especially thank her caregiver Lois Shuler and Dr. Arvinder Bhinder and staff, for their loving and compassionate care that improved and extended the quality of her life during her last years, in which she battled life-threatening illness with grace and courage.

“If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes.  Only then, would you realize how special you are.”

The Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Haviland family and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Larry and Kathy Laird

  • Sorry for your loss. May God give you strength during this sad time. Heaven certainly is getting some really nice people lately. You and your family are in my thoughts- Ellen & Abbas Fadel

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have such wonderful memories of both Bob and Phyllis. About a year ago your mother sent me a very nice note and enclosed pictures of my grandparents. I truly appreciated it. Your mother’s kind spirit and sweet smile will be missed. Candy Bender Tripp

  • To the Haviland family. There is a new angle up in Heaven and God is so pleased she is there with him to help him. Please know that all of you are in my prayers. And we love you all.

    The Schramm family (Georgeann sister)

  • May God Bless you all and may you feel his Love as you go on with life without your wonderful Mother. She was an angel on earth and now she walks on streets of gold with God. For he has restored her a better life . She loved you all so much.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. All our love,

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Bryan’s mother. What a wonderful lifetime of memories she has gifted to all of your family…
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Susan & Phil Glover

  • So very sorry to hear about your loss and know she will be terribly missed.May God bless your family and help you through this difficult time.

  • I never met the Haviland family’s matriarch, but knowing Bryan’s moral compass, passion and sensibilities she must be a beautiful soul. On behalf of Bryan’s work clan, we hope you find peace and comfort in each other and in many wonderful memories. May God bless you all.

  • So sorry for your loss, Havilands. We know how much she meant to Bryan. Our prayers are with you.

  • I was very saddened to hear of Phyliss’s passing, or “Grandma Pat” as I came to know her. She was a caring, loving member of the family and I’m glad I had the chance to know her. I’ll always remember her kind nature and the immense amount of love and affection she displayed when surrounded by family. She will be missed by all who had the chance to make her acquaintance.