Phyllis Joann (Wilham) Kelso


Phyllis Joann (Wilham) Kelso, 86, of Greenwood, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Beech Grove, to A. Delbert and Mildred Janet (Kephart) Wilham.

She married Robert H. Kelso on June 10, 1949, at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood; he preceded her in death April 5, 2013.

She was a 1948 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis.

She had been employed by judgement section for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the state of Indiana for 10 years.

She was a 50-year member and past worthy matron at Union Village Oder of the Eastern Star No. 584 and a member of the Imperial Council Shrine Guild of America, where she was a member and past president of the Kasbah Dancers unit. She also was a member of the Alexander Hamilton Daughters of the American Revolution Indiana Chapter 4003 where she was past regent.

She and her late husband were members of the Johnson County Shrine Club, where they belonged to the Johnson County Hillbillies. She also had served as precinct committeewoman for White River One precinct.

Survivors include her daughter, Ru Ann Hitz and son-in-law Roger of Greenwood; two grandchildren, R.D. Hitz (Keri) of Bargersville and Lydia Marti Hitz of Greenwood; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Hitz, Kaitlyn Hitz and Elijah Hitz, all of Bargersville; and one sister, Susie Dearth (Carl) of Bargersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

The Rev. Stan Icenogle will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary where Union Village Order of the Eastern Star 584 will conduct a service at 8 p.m., followed by a service to be conducted by the Imperial Council Shrine Guild. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in White River Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 2900 Rocky Pointe Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or at

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Information: 317-738-0202