Obituary of Phyllis Ellen Mullendore
Phyllis Ellen Miller was born in Monroe, Michigan on August 21, 1936. She was the daughter of Clarence Miller and Lucy (Lanier) Miller. She attended Custer Elementary and Monroe High School, graduating with the Class of 1955. While in school she worked at the Hall of the Divine Child and then as a young woman spent time in the laundry at St. Mary’s and Monroe Steam.
While still in high school, Phyllis met her future husband Frederick Wayne Mullendore. They were joined in holy matrimony on June 16, 1956, at Calvary United Methodist Church. The couple was blessed with two sons: Mark and Randy. Phyllis cared for the needs of her family as a homemaker. From 1966-1978 she was employed in the sewing department at La-Z-Boy.
Phyllis and Fred were very active members of Calvary United Methodist Church for many years until 2006 when they joined Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. She loved to play euchre and bunco belonging to a club for twenty years. She also stayed active as a bowler playing in many leagues at Nortel Lanes and throwing horseshoes. She and Fred would often take camping trips going up north to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family.
Phyllis loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed visiting others and having company over to entertain often saying to potential guests, “Come See Me”. She cherished the time she had with her children playing the marble board game and just hanging out with the grandchildren. She often challenged her mind with puzzles although nothing drove her crazy more than when she was missing a piece.
Phyllis Ellen Mullendore, age 87 of Monroe passed away at 5:40am on Friday; October 6, 2023, at Medilodge of Monroe. She was under the care of Elara Caring Hospice. Her passing was preceded by her parents: Clarence and Lucy Miller; her beloved husband of sixty-three years: Fred on September 28, 2019; two half-sisters: Lola Nieswinder and Delores Gurney; three sisters: Della Miller, Opal Dusseau, and Hazel Williamson; four brothers: Clarence Miller, Mark Miller, Norman Miller, and Phillip Miller.
To cherish her memory she leaves her two beloved sons: Mark Mullendore of Monroe and Randy (Renee) Mullendore of Newport; four grandchildren: Raven (Todd) Ausmus, Rocky (Abby) Mullendore, Michael Mullendore (Shawna Robinson), and Katie (Josh) Barker; eleven great grandchildren: Cade Mullendore, Cole Ausmus, Cruz Ausmus, Gibsyn Ausmus, Dylan Mullendore, Percy Mullendore, Mason, William Barker, Hailey Robinson, Hannah (Kyle) Leachman, and Halaina Robinson; four great-great grandchildren: Colton Drnach, Makenzie Drnach, Caden Drnach, Ariella Leachman; and one on the way.
Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday; October 10, 2023, at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. She will lie in state from 10:00am until 11:00am on Wednesday; October 11, 2023, at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church; 14260 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161. A Funeral Service Celebrating Her Life will take place at 11:00am with Reverend Tim Iocoangeli pastor of the church officiating. Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.
Memorials for those who desire are suggested to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.