Riviere, Phyllis

Written by David Green.

Phyllis B. Riviere, 89, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 16, 2013, at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.

She was born June 18, 1923, in Lenawee County, Mich., the daughter of Roy and Stella (Votzke) Campbell. She married Oscar Riviere on April 21, 1946, in Clayton, Mich., and he preceded her in death April 16, 1993.

Phyllis grew up in rural Lenawee County, Mich., attending many one-room schools, and she graduated from Clayton High School. She worked in factories after high school to support the war effort and continued to be part of the first generation of women to work outside the home.

She was a long-time member of the Fayette United Methodist Church and was active in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a fixture on Main Street each May, selling poppies for the veterans. For many years she served as a counselor at Buckeye Girls State, where she had a positive impact on many young women as they learned about the government. When her husband developed a rare blood disease and needed frequent transfusions, she became a volunteer and worked tirelessly for the American Red Cross Blood drive scheduled each quarter in Fayette. Phyllis was also active in many community events, and was one of the founding members of the annual Bull Thistle Festival.

Phyllis is survived by a son, Hervie (and Nancy) Riviere of Gloucester, Va.; three daughters, Diana (and Thomas) Evans of Archbold, Ohio, Joyce (and Jerry) Johnson of Whitehouse, Ohio, and Candace (and Michael) Stewart of Hobe Sound, Fla.; one brother, Lavon Campbell of Fayette, and a sister, Jean Ives, of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Merton, Roy and Paul Campbell; a sister, Ellen Dyvorski; and a great-grandson Travis Morr.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Currier officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church Family Life Center building fund, the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department, or the Community Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.

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