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Phyllis Lile Thomas Guthrie

Phyllis Lile Thomas Guthrie, 87, of Bellefontaine, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013 at her residence.

She was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio on August 30, 1926 to the late Frank Vernon and Abbie Ruth (Hayes) Lile.

Phyllis was a 1944 Bellefontaine High School graduate. On March 16, 1950 she married Kenneth Lewis Thomas and raised three children. After many years of performing professionally all over the United States and Europe, she was a member of the U.S.O. and started Lile School of Dance and Gymnastics with her brother, James Lile. For over 50 years she taught dance and with her daughters earned the Certification of Dance Masters of America.

She devoted her life to family and her extended family of students who she had the privilege of instructing over the years.

Surviving is her second husband, Bill Guthrie, whom she married on July 27, 1991 in Fort Knox, Kentucky; her children, Inalee Thomas (Long) Tan of Johnstown, and Kenneth Lile (Angie) Thomas of Bellefontaine; grandchildren, Brendan L. Tan, Gabrielle M. Tan, Michael T. Vance, and Marcus W. (Olivia) Vance; great granddaughters, Hannah and Kayla Vance; son-in-law, James Young; her siblings, Katherine Hartzler of West Liberty, James Lile and Levi (Nancy) Lile, both of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her first husband, Kenneth, passed away on June 3, 1984. Also preceding her in death is a daughter, Abby K. Young; granddaughters, Tessa H. Vance and Amy Irene Vance; brother, Joe Lile; and a son-in-law, Michael R. Vance.

Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine where Pastor Bryan Meadows will officiate a funeral service on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.

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