Phyllis Tinsman, 70, of Farmland passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023 at her residence. She was born on January 15, 1953 in Shoals, Indiana to Clifford and Delema (Wininger) Sanders. The second of seven kids, Phyllis was able to hone her maternal instincts from a young age. After graduating high school, she married the love of her life on December 11, 1971. They met when she was working at Jerry’s Dairy in Parker City. The story goes, that Joe ate a gallon of ice cream while getting up enough nerve to ask her if he could drive her home. She successfully helped run their farm and former business over the last fifty years, all while raising two sons and making legions of chicken and noodles, pies, and other delicacies for many of her loved ones. Her flower beds were a source of pride for her, and she could often be seen taking a peaceful break on her front porch. Phyllis’ sharp wit and keen sense of humor allowed her to make friends wherever she went. Friends and family can attest to her ability to turn any anecdote into a production that had you doubled over in laughter by its conclusion. Her charisma, spunk, and apple butter recipe were revered by many, only to be matched by her ability to wear heels for any occasion. Her kindness and generosity has been felt by many over the years, along with the love she held for her grandchildren. Over the years Friday nights were spent with her grandkids, often paired with mandatory Wal-Mart trips and hoards of their favorite snacks. The love for her family was felt by them all; she was steadfast, supportive and never afraid to show tough love when needed. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Joe Tinsman of Farmland; sons Shane and Joe (Tracy) Tinsman of Farmland, IN; grandchildren Hunter (fiancé Kyndal), Walker, Jacie, Landen and Brylie Tinsman; sisters Carolyn (Loren) Wicker, Rita (late husband JR) Childress, Mary (Jim) Sanders, and Naomi Cox; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Tom and John Sanders. At Phyllis’ request, no services will take place. A celebration of life will occur in the near future; the family will notify loved ones when it is scheduled. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project, both of which Phyllis ardently supported throughout her lifetime. Arrangements entrusted to MJS Mortuaries - Farmland Chapel.
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