Phyllis Davis Edmiston

September 27, 1926 ‒ February 14, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Phyllis Davis Edmiston, age 88, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Edwin J. and Vernell Hargreaves Davis.

Phyllis graduated from Oakmont High School in Oakmont, PA and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

She and her late husband, Harry N. Edmiston, spent 16 years in Boardman, Ohio before moving to Mansfield in 1963. In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was preceded in death by her brothers, Merrill E. and David E. Davis.

She is survived by her four children, Nancy V. Rolley (Don), H. Norm (Julie), Nyssa E. Pymer (Kelly Moody), and Mark D. (Mary Sue), and her grandson Paul Smith (Pam), who was really like a fifth child to her, grandchildren Jason Edmiston, Jenny Porada and Jeff Edmiston, Courtney Mackert (Randy), and Jaime Wheeler (Jamie), five great grandchildren also survive her, as do her sister Nancy D. Nyrop, sister-in-law Janice W. Davis, and special nieces and nephews.

Phyllis lived a full and happy life, and was the glue that held her family close, no matter where they wandered.

She was grateful for her church, First United Methodist, and for the friends she found there. Lunch with them was a highlight of each week.

Phyllis retired from working 24 years as an LPN at the old Mansfield General Hospital, a career she had longed for and pursued later in her adult life. It was there that she made many lifelong friends with her colleagues. She was a competent, caring nurse. Phyllis was an avid reader, so books were always her favorite gifts. She loved animals, and had a particular fondness for golden retrievers, which is why she supported Golden Retrievers in Need (GRIN).

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue. The Rev. Kent Joy will officiate. A private interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to Golden Retrievers in Need Rescue Service, Inc. may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Edmiston family. Send them a message of sympathy or support and see Phyllis’ tribute video at:

  • Such a beautiful tribute for an amazing woman, Aunt and friend. Much loved and to be dearly missed. Hugs to you all and peace for your Mom.

  • I enjoyed getting to know Phyllis, and loved hearing stories about her children (who she was so proud of), and hearing about the books she loved to read. She was a very special woman and I will miss spending time with her. Prayers and hugs to the family.

    Rest well in our Father’s arms, my friend.


  • Mom and I send our love to all of you. We will remember her for her strength and generosity. And we will always hold her in our hearts.

  • Nyssa — I’m so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. We are thinking of you here at school and sending love and prayers.

  • We have fond memories of Phyllis over the years. One special memory is when she and my sister (Joan Romanchuk) came to Lakeside. We had such fun in the large house we had rented. Phyllis was such a generous Christian lady and such a good friend to my sister. We will miss her. We extend to you our sincere sympathy and comforting prayers.

  • My memories of “Mother Edmiston” are many. She was the mother I never had, always welcoming me into her home and sharing her family with me. She will be missed, especially by this “nuisance”.

  • To the family of Phyllis,
    I lived at 85 Penn for 12 years. I so much enjoyed the John Sherman Neighborhood Assoc. Christmas open houses. What a lady of class.We also attended the same church. Even though she was in pain she always was a person of smiles and love. She will be missed but she will continue on with so many memories of Penn Ave.

    Perry Brokaw (Fort Meade FL until April. )

  • Nyssa,
    So sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. The time you have spent taking care of her will always keep you close. I will keep her and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Ruth

  • I could write volumes but it comes down to this: I loved her and we loved each other. I will miss her for the rest of my life.

  • Nancy
    And Norm, Nyssa and Mark
    We send you our love and sympathy. Mom was one strong and independent lady who made all of us feel welcome and loved. Each of you carries so much of her within you. We are saddened to hear of her passing, and wish you all the comfort your family shares. Bless all of you and hold dear that she was so proud of all of you!
    Luben and Julie Germanoff

  • Nancy I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing, I know she is been a blessing to you for many years and will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Nyssa and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since I have seen your mom but I have fun memories from way back. May you find comfort remembering special times over the years.

  • I am saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis. Please accept my sympathy. It has been a privilege for me to have known Phyllis and I will miss my visits with her.

  • Phyllis was such a wonderful part of our neighborhood (Sherman’s Estate) in Mansfield. I have thought of her with fondness over the years and I am so sorry for your loss. I share your grief.

  • Dear Mark, Nancy, Norm and Nyssa,
    I’ll always remember your Mom with love. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Nyssa, Kelly and family
    Carolyn and I were saddened to hear of your recent loss. We send our prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your dear family.

  • Our sympathy to all of the family. Phyllis was a very classy lady. She loved her family dearly. She had many heart warming stories to tell. We will miss her.
    Love, Mel and Linda

  • Norman, Nancy, Nyssa and Mark,
    Your mother was our much loved Aunt Phyllis. I remember the welcome in every home she made, her arms, her voice and her kiss for each niece and nephew come to stay for an hour or a weekend. She cared for us all and kept us wrapped in the lore and love of family. She was anchor to my sense of family and the fullness it brings to life. I will miss her always. I will keep her brightness, her life spark and her voice saying my name in welcome within my heart for the rest of my life. Holding you all in the light of love and spirit.

  • Dear Nyssa, Kelly and Family,

    Kelsey and I are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and are sending you our deepest sympathy and love. Please call on us if you need anything at all.

    Love, Cynthia and Kelsey

  • Nancy, Norm, Nyssa, & Mark,

    Your Mother always made both of us feel like we were part of your family when we would join in so many of your family gatherings. I will miss her many stories about what book she was reading, or suggesting a author to read. She was such a smart , caring, Classic Lady!
    We will miss her.
    Our sincere condolences.
    Love, Tom and Annie Lump

  • Dear Nyssa and family,

    Sending heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mother.
    I loved talking and being with her some at Randy and Courntney’s
    wedding. She was darling and so happy about the wedding!
    I have a candle burning for her and for all of you…..
    with love,
    Bo and Kate