Phyllis Denicke

Phyllis June Wade Denicke, 76, died on July 21, 2022. Phyllis was born June 30, 1946, in Campbellsburg and was the daughter of Ethel (Neal) and Orra Wade.

Phyllis was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She took great joy in serving others and made every effort to attend all her grandchildren's sporting events and other momentous occasions. She also enjoyed playing golf and traveling with her beloved husband, Pete, walking, hosting fabulous dinners and spending time with family and friends. She was active in her church and a member of several Bible studies and small groups. Phyllis will be most remembered for her generosity, service to others, vitality, positive outlook, incredible organizational skills, gracious hospitality and, most notably, her passion and selfless love for her family.

Phyllis grew up on a farm and was a 1964 graduate of Washington High School, where she was a member of 4-H, Band and FHA. She graduated from Indiana University in 1970 and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Education from Spaulding College in 1978. She was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Kappa sorority. Throughout her lifetime, Phyllis served as a high school teacher in Indiana and at First Presbyterian Day School, and as an accountant at Hatcher Milling Company, a family-owned business, Travel South, and Ivy Hill Animal Hospital. She also volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School leader.

On Aug. 19, 2004, Phyllis married Pete Denicke. They lived in Suwanee, Georgia and spent winters in Florida. She was previously married to Ron Ooley with whom she had a daughter and son, who were her pride and joy.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of nearly 18 years, Pete Denicke; daughter, Kim (Todd) Evans, Alpharetta, Georgia; son, Kevin (Lesley) Ooley, and their children; Cameron, Britton and Campbell, Dallas, Texas; grandchildren; Scott (Natalie) Evans, and their children; Mason and Emerson, Fort Mill, South Carolina; Kyle Evans, Pinehurst, North Carolina and Kaleigh Evans, Alpharetta, Georgia; sister, Judy (Jerry) Myers, Campbellsburg; sister-in-law, Glenna Wade, Madison; several adored nieces and nephews; and countless friends. Phyllis will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched.

She is preceded in death by her father; mother; and her brothers; Ronnie Wade and Jack Wade.

A celebration of life ceremony was held at Gwinnett Church on July 28. There will be a graveside service at Mt. Carmel Christian Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to Mt. Carmel Christian Church, c/o Melissa Keiser, 9976 N. White River Rd., Campbellsburg, IN 47108.


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