Laveta Emma Phares, 84, Wolcottville, died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne.
She was born April 3, 1928, in Sparta Township, Noble County, to Harold and Lois (Reeve) Bitner.
She was a 1946 graduate of Cromwell High School, a member of Cosperville Baptist Church, and worked for West Noble School Corporation for many years.
She was married February 24, 1949 to Marvin Willis Phares. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Lyle (Pennie) Phares, Ligonier, and Kent (Barb) Phares, Celina, Ohio; three daughters, Susan “Sue” (Ken) Brumbaugh, Churubusco/Albion, Carol Phares, Middlebury, and Deborah (Mark) Grossman, Wolcottville; 19 grandchildren; 32 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marvene Phares, and one brother, Harold Bitner Jr.
Visitation is 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Stone’s Hill Community Church in Ligonier.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Stone’s Hill Community Church in Ligonier with Pastor Jim Barnes and Pastor Nathan Reynolds officiating.
Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery, Kimmell.
Memorials may be directed to Cosperville Baptist Church, 8825 N 250 W, Wawaka, IN 46794 or Cromwell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 337, Cromwell, IN 46732.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.