Phyllis R. Vandermeer passed away Oct. 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 5, 1934, the daughter of Charles Weldon and Martha Lorraine (Luman) McClure in Canton.

Phyllis R. Vandermeer passed away Oct. 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 5, 1934, the daughter of Charles Weldon and Martha Lorraine (Luman) McClure in Canton.


She graduated from Canton Senior High School in 1952 and married David Eugene Vandermeer in 1955.


He survives.


Also surviving are their three children, Davinda Holly (Kevin) Brown, David Weldon Vandermeer Sr., and Jordan Daniel (Kathi) Vandermeer, as well as grandchildren Rebekah Jean (Brandon) Inwood, David Weldon (Vanessa) Vandermeer Jr., Aaron Joseph Brown and Amanda Jo Vandermeer, and great-grandchildren Emily Paige Inwood and Gunner William Vandermeer.


Preceding in her in death were her parents, grandson William Joseph Vandermeer and daughter-in-law Linda R. Vandermeer.


She worked for National Bank of Canton, First Federal Savings and Loan, Midwestern Savings and Loan and the Canton Daily Ledger. She was the secretary for the First Baptist Church of Canton and secretary for IEA, Hocker and Fitzjarrald and CDC in Peoria.


She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton where she was a Sunday School teacher for both youth and adults, board member and director of numerous religious plays, dinner theater fundraisers, and “The Carollers.” Her passion for theater lead to her co-founding the Fulton County Playhouse where her acting, directing and backstage talents were developed, polished, and shared with the community’s youth and adults. She also performed in Spoon River College’s theater productions and, most recently, Many Lights Theatre productions.


Her other passions were writing, history and reading.


A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, where visitation will be held the night before on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 until 7 p.m.


Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.


Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.


To leave online condolence’s or to view Phyllis’s video tribute, visit www.oakshinefuneralhome.com