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In Memory of
Esther Phyllis Ream
February 9, 1936 - November 7, 2021

Sunday, November 14th from 2:00 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monday, November 15, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Spring Road Church of Christ

Blendon Central Cemetery

Esther Phyllis Ream, age 85, passed away on November 7th due to complications from COVID-19. Born to L.J and Martha Buxton on February 9th, 1936 in Mango, Florida, she graduated from Linden McKinley High School in 1953. In 1955 she married James Ream and had 4 children in 5 years. Phyllis worked for the Federal Government as the top secretary in Ohio for U.S. Soil and Water Service. Typing 120 words per minute on a manual typewriter, her secretarial prowess won her several awards, including the 1982 Federal Outstanding Clerical Employee. After retiring in 1993, she volunteered as the secretary for the Southwestern Church of Christ for 15 years. In 2005 she moved to Westerville where she faithfully cared for Jim until his death in 2009. She attended the Spring Road Church of Christ where she volunteered for Tuesday school and many other ministries. While she excelled in her work and Christian service, she excelled even more as a wife, mother, and grandmother. Affectionately known to her great-grandchildren as The Great One, she was very involved in the lives of her family. Family members ascribe her attributes as unconditional and sacrificial love, faithfulness, grace, mercy, support, acceptance, and positive impact. They also tout her sense of humor, strawberry cake, world-famous potato salad, and super soft hands. Phyllis joins her husband, Jim, her youngest son, Kelley, her parents, and a host of siblings, in-laws, and dear friends in Heaven. She is survived by son, Rick Ream, daughter Diana (Mark) Morris, and son Chuck Ream. She is also survived by grandchildren Kristi (Miles) Mitchell, Jenni Ream, Dana (Colin) King, Becky (Kevin) Cox, Jesica Ream, JD (Megan) Morris, Mindy Ream, and Caiti (Ryan) Huckaby. Great grandchildren Jayce, Maddox, Brinley and Londyn Cox; Olivia, Ben and Judah King; Miles, Max, Martin and Mazie Mitchell; Ashlyn Ream; Sophie Ream; and Caroline, Braden and Charlotte Morris. She is also beloved by many surviving nieces, nephews, surrogate grandchildren, and friends. Friends may call Sunday, November 14th from 2:00 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Rd. in Westerville. Celebration of life on Monday, November 15th at 10:00 am at the Spring Road Church of Christ in Westerville. Ministers JD Morris, Colin King and Robin Weier officiating. Interment at Blendon Central Cemetery.


Linda Koontz Fergus

Nov 11, 2021

I worked with Phyllis at Fort Hayes many years ago and we rode to work together. Unfortunately, we lost contact over the years. She was fun and funny. I always remember one remark she made. We worked for the Dept. of the Army. She was just returning to the working world after the birth of her four children. She said before that the only captain she knew of was Captain Kangaroo. I send my deepest sympathy to all who love Phyllis.


Jackie Jadwin

Nov 12, 2021

JD, Magz, and family Our love and heart felt sympathy to your family. You are all in our prayers Love, Aunt Jackie and Uncle Jeff


Hardy Family

Nov 15, 2021

Our heartfelt love and sympathy go out to all of Phyllis's family and all those who loved her and felt like family. Our family has been tremendously blessed by loving and knowing Phyllis. We are deeply saddened by her loss.