Phyllis Eileen Fairchild

June 06, 1937 ‒ May 10, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Phyllis Eileen Fairchild,  age 81, of Mt Vernon, Ohio  went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 10th, 2019.

Phyllis was born on June 6th, 1937, in Knox County, to Ralph and Beatrice (Turner) Kirkpatrick.  She graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1958, where she was the head cheerleader, and voted FFA Queen and Homecoming Queen. Phyllis married her neighbor and high school sweetheart, Alan Fairchild, shortly after graduation in 1958, and they have been by each other’s side for 61 years.

While Alan attended medical school at Ohio State University, Phyllis worked as an administrative assistant in the OSU Athletic Department. After Alan’s graduation, they returned to Mt. Vernon, where she was employed at First Knox National Bank as the executive secretary for the chief trust officer. After her family was raised, Phyllis owned and operated a candle shop in Mt. Vernon for a few years, and volunteered for the Knox Community Hospital Auxiliary, as manager of the gift shop

One to always be active, Phyllis participated in the “Who Cares” bowling league, the Mt. Vernon Country Club golf league, and served as a 4H advisor. She and Alan served for many years as “Host Parents” for the Ohio Junior Miss Pageant, where she also served as “chairman’s helper”. She was a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, The Mt. Vernon Country Club, and several card clubs. Phyllis also loved to travel, and she and Alan took many wonderful trips together. She was a faithful member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mt. Vernon. Above all, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and took great pride in her family.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Alan K. Fairchild, her children, Brenda (William) Daubenmire,  Lisa (Edward) Chacey, and Scott A. Fairchild. Grandchildren: Amy, Drew, Cara, and Jenna Daubenmire; Matthew, Megan and Molly Chacey; Justin and Jared Fairchild. Great grandchildren: Iris, Carmen and Cole “Lil Joe” Daubenmire. Her brothers, James (Peggy) Kirkpatrick and Robert (Bobbie Jean “BJ” ) Kirkpatrick; her brother in law Richard (Jewell) Fairchild.  Numerous nieces and nephews, and family friend, Brenda Clark.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call on Tuesday May 14, 2019 from 12 – 2 at the Flowers – Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High Street, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where a funeral service will follow immediately.  The family will observe a private burial in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd. Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • I was saddened to hear of Phyllis’ passing. It’s been too many years since I seen her. I continue to go yearly to visit my parents gravesite and clean Ralph and Bea’s headstone also. I send my condolences and blessings. I wish I could be there to see the rest of the family. Your cousin Kathy Kirkpatrick Kimmick

  • Dr. & family – Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one.
    Jerry & Pat Callam

  • Dear Al and Family —- We were saddened to read of Phyllis’s passing. What a beautiful and loving couple you have been for many years and you took good care of her. Her spirit is winging its way to Heaven, free of any health issues. May it help to know that you have friends who care. We are sending your our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • We are so very sorry for your loss!! Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers! We love you !
    Jerry and Joy Clinger

  • So very sorry for your loss, to the families, many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Dearest Brenda,

    My mother and I both send our love, and we pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to guide you and bring you peace now and in the days ahead.

    I will always remember your mother for her kindness and hospitality. Phyllis had a significant role in my “growing up” years. Being included in so many of your family outings and dinners was such a gift to me. Your mother was someone who really cared. She parented not only you, but also your friends, and she did so quietly and gently. And she was also fun!

    When I recall some of our teenage girl shenanigans, well, Phyllis put up with a lot and she did so with grace — and subtle advice.

    Your mom was a great cook, she had a great heart—and she was beautiful on the outside and the inside. You became your mother’s daughter in the most wonderful of ways, and what an incredible legacy she has left through her children and her grandchildren.

    God bless you and your entire family.

    Melanie McMillan
    Sue McMillan

  • Alan and Family, I was very sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing, and I send my heartfelt sympathy along with thoughts and prayers to you and wish I could be there..what a great family heritage we had..Love ya, DAVE and SHERRY

  • Dr. Fairchild and family,
    Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Sorry to hear of your loss. Heaven must have needed another petal for the perfect rose.

  • Dr. Fairchild and all the family we are so sorry for the loss of Phyllis. God Bless you and may God give you comfort through the love of all your loved ones and His word. Ray and Sharon House

  • Alan and Family,
    So sorry to hear this sad news about Phyllis. Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Cheri & Eddie Chellino

  • Alan and family,
    How saddened we are to hear of Phyllis’ passing. Although the miles and years have separated us, we have many loving memories. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time and we surround you with prayers for God’s comfort.
    Donna & David Spittal

  • Dear Dr Fairchild, I am so sorry to hear that Phyllis has passed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I was in the same class with Phyllis. I always looked forward to seeing her at the class reunions. She will be missed. I will keep the Fairchild family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dr Fairchild & Family- our thought n prayers are with you. Sincerely, Steve and Jan Hall

  • Dear Al, So sorry for your loss. My best wishes to you and yours.

    M K Eastman

  • So so sorry to hear of Phyllis passing. Prayers to all the family. Loved her laugh💞🙏🏻💕

  • Al, Scott, and family.
    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lou and Sandy Petros

  • Dear Al and family:
    We are so sorry for your loss. You’re in our prayers.
    Dick and Susan Murray