Lurah Phillips

December 17, 1916 - April 17, 2017

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Lurah (Putt) DeVoe Phillips, 100, of East Lansing, Michigan, and formerly of Kendallville died Monday, April 17, 2017, at Burcham Hills Assisted Living in East Lansing, Michigan.

She was born December 17, 1916, in Fairfield Township, DeKalb County, Indiana, to Frank and Maude (Brugh) Putt.

She graduated from Ashley High School in 1934.

Lurah married Doyle T. DeVoe of Kendallville on December 4, 1938. He preceded her in death on June 22, 1984. They had two sons, Ronald (Peggy) DeVoe of Big Bear City, California, and Phillip (Sandra) DeVoe of Melbourne, Florida, and one daughter, Kathleen DeVoe Crooks of Okemos, Michigan. Also surviving are four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Phillips was a homemaker and active in the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville. She also was a member of the Friends of the Library in Kendallville and in Auburn. She enjoyed working on family genealogy for many years and was a member of the National Society of DAR.

Later in life, Lurah married Wiley J. Phillips of Auburn. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2002. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Dwight Putt and Allen Putt and two sisters, Naomi (Putt) Rensch and Pauline (Putt) King.

Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville. A private graveside service will be held.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 201 South State Street, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755 or to the Kendallville Public Library, 221 South Park Avenue, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755 for their genealogy collection.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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David and Wendy MacAdam
May 7th, 2017 7:23am
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Dear Phil and family, We only met your Mom twice but we enjoyed her so much. She was such a pleasure; eyes sparkling, interesting and interested, a delight to talk with. Please know we are thinking of you all. Love, David and Wendy

Howard and Angie Lou (Putt) Perry
April 27th, 2017 9:18pm
Carthage, Illinois

Dear Ron and Peggy, Phillip and Sandra and Kathy, We are thinking of you remembering the sadness when we lost our mothers. Aunt Lurah was the last of our parents generation, and we shall miss her. Her letters were so beautifully written and woven with love. God granted her a long and beautiful life. I shall treasure memories of her and Uncle Doyle, and the three of you. Those were simple and pleasant times. Our love to each of you and your families. God Bless you. Howard and Angie

Ron & Peggy DeVoe
April 24th, 2017 7:04pm

Linda Phillips Colbart
April 21st, 2017 9:34pm
Auburn, Indiana

The Colbart family extend our sympathy to your family at this difficult time.