Phyllis J. Backensto

December 21, 1943 ‒ March 31, 2020

Lexington, Ohio


LEXINGTON: Phyllis J. Backensto, age 76, of Lexington passed away Tuesday morning March 31, 2020 in her home.

She was born December 21, 1943 in Mansfield, to Nicholas and Rose (Ward) Rudrick.

A lifelong area resident, Phyllis worked for over 25 years at Hi-Stat.

Phyllis married Donald Backensto, sharing 50 years together.

She enjoyed gardening and sewing.  Phyllis was a wonderful cook and baked many goodies for her family.  She spent countless hours reading but above all she loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

Surviving is her loving husband Donald Backensto of Lexington, children David (Kim) Freed of West Virginia, and Gail Herron of Butler, three step children Kim Morone of Mansfield, Sherry Haudenschild of Perrysville, and Kelley Horner of Rittman; grandchildren David Freed, Ashley Herron, Grant Herron, Stephanie Adkins, Audrey Hunt and Jamie Hunt; great grandchildren Olive Richards, Lucas Adkins, Hunter Adkins, Jenna Radcliff, Taylor Hunt, Christopher Hunt and Matthew Hunt; great great grandchildren Cooper and Mateo; a brother Donald (Shirley) Rudrick; close friend Lee Pennington, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Brenda Wheeler.

A graveside service will be in Oak Grove Memorial Park, Thursday, April 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm.  Friends are encouraged to bring their own seating as social distance guidelines will be observed.  Pastor Dennis Baum will speak.

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  • Don and family
    Sorry to hear of passing of Phyllis, I have many great memories of her.
    You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    RIP Phyllis. (Dewey). Dave Wolfe

  • Don and family
    Sorry to hear of passing of Phyllis, I have many great memories of her.
    You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    RIP Phyllis. (Dewey).

  • Sending our deepest sympathies to Don and family. Phyllis was such a kind and thoughtful lady. In honor of a life so beautifully lived,may your sweet memories of her always live in your heart. Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

  • Sending our sympathies to Don and the family. Phyllis was a wonderful friend and neighbor. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gail, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Sorry about your loss Don (Bear). Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We will be in touch soon and will see you when we get back to Ohio.

    Your best friend,

    Brus and Mrs. Brusier

  • so sorry about your loss she was a great lady and she we missed by all your buddy bill koontz

  • Gail & family,
    We’re so very sorry about the loss of your mother. Lifting all of you in prayer at this difficult time for God’s consolation and peace.

  • Dear Don, Gail and David and families and Dad:

    Wish we could be there. It is hard not to be. We grew up together playing on Grandma’s and Grandpa’s farm, and I have many nice memories of Aunt Jeannie and how kind and loving she was.

    She loved flowers and was an excellent seamstress besides her working and caring for her children. I am glad she was able to live such a full life with so much love around her.

    Hope to see all of you sometime soon and please take care until then.

    I love you all.

    Cathy (Rudrick) Andorf and family (Dale and Josh)

  • Don an family
    we are so sorry to hear about Phyllis.We have somany good memories of her and all the
    Family.Sorry we can’t come to services but our thoughts an prayers are with each and
    Every one of you.May God be with you all through the coming days.Would love to call
    Or send cards but I donothave addresses. much love to all of you. Ed CarolHardin

  • Gail, so sorry for your loss. I have a lot of teen age memories with you and your family.
    Our love and prayers are with you all.
    Roger & Little Bit

  • Gail sorry to hear of your mom passing. She was always a funny lady to talk to at work (Hi-Stat). May she Rest In Peace.