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phyllis a. paine

Posted on Nov. 14, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Aug. 5, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2013

HENDERSON, Nev. — Phyllis Ann Paine, 92, died Oct. 27, 2013, in her home in Nevada.

Phyllis was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Indianapolis to Mary Ann (Kaffenberger) and Herman Cox.

Phyllis moved to Bloomington, Ind., shortly after her birth and graduated from Bloomington High School. She obtained a nursing degree at Saint Vincent’s Nursing School in Indianapolis. She served there as an RN during the end of World War II.

While at Saint Vincent’s she met her future husband, a doctor at Saint Vincent. She married George Paine on July 1, 1944, in Indianapolis. Phyllis and George moved to Elkhart, Ind., after the war, where she helped in the medical office, ran a household and started a family. They lived in Elkhart for many years and also spent summers and weekends at their cabin on Long Lake, located just north of Elkhart near Union, Mich.

She was co-founder of the Paine family walnut farm (north of Union), planting thousands of trees for the future benefit of her great-grandchildren. Later, Phyllis and her husband George spent fall and summer vacations in Hayward, Wis., at Lac Courte Oreilles, where they enjoyed muskie fishing, golfing, boating and many good friends. Florence, Ariz., was her winter retirement home, where she spent time golfing, swimming and enjoying times with many of the Florence Gardens residents. She moved to Nevada in mid-2008. Phyllis recently celebrated her 92nd birthday at her Stuckey Bay summer cabin on Lac Courte Oreilles in Wisconsin.

She is survived by her children, Robert, George, James and Jody Dawson; eight grandsons; 12 great-grandchildren; niece Roberta Ricciuti; and niece Sheri Reed.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband George; and sisters Hermina Everhart, Martha Watson and Hilda Reid.