Mount Vernon News
  • Phyllis Ann Pore

  • August 22, 2011

BUTLER — Phyllis Pore’s smile made life more beautiful. The curve of her lips sparked a light in her eyes that radiated kindness and love from her gracious personality ... in a way that made her smile infectious, and your day a little better.

She planted smiles with as much passion as she sewed seeds in her flower gardens. Her plants produced glorious blooms, and her smiles harvested blessed relationships — and a better world.

Phyllis’ smile is eternal, and her labor now at rest, as she passed away Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2011, surrounded by her loving family, from The Ohio State University Medical Center. She was 65.

Born Phyllis Ann Robinson on Dec. 30, 1945, in Mount Vernon, she was the fourth of five children born to Blaine and Mildred (Derr) Robinson. A lifelong Butler area resident, she was a graduate of Butler High School, Class of 1963, and attended Mansfield Business College.

On March 6, 1966, she married Dale Pore, and she focused her energies on her husband, and the children with which they would be blessed.

Phyllis never sought the spotlight — and was not comfortable when made the center of attention. Instead, she diligently worked, baked or spun her creativity around an occasion to make it special for someone else. Her giving nature will remain a fond legacy.

A hard worker, at one time she held down three jobs: she worked with Hitchman’s Market for 40 years, and also worked with Smith Hardware and Bellville Flowers & Gifts. She was an active member of North Liberty United Methodist Church, and enjoyed attending Bible study there with her sister, Betty.

When not off supporting one of her grandchildren’s activities (they were the very sunshine of her life), Phyllis was content to be in her beautiful flower gardens or tending her water garden. She delighted in her family, cooking and baking for them, and made an icing for cakes that will not be duplicated. She baked and decorated cakes for every occasion — graduations and weddings to retirements and birthdays, and truly supported her husband, working alongside him, on their 120-acre farm.

Her personal and creative touch made even something simple very special.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dale Pore; their children, Diane and Bobby Swank of Butler, Denise and Trent Ruhl of Butler and Donald Pore of Hilliard; grandchildren, Valerie, Brian and Emily Swank and Morgan and Macey Ruhl; siblings, Sandy and Tom Gatton of Butler, Margaret and Fred Lifer of Bellville, Betty Yarger of Fredericktown, and Ralph and Laura Robinson of Fredericktown; nieces and nephews; in-laws; a large circle of friends; and her faithful canine companion, Cricket.

The Pore family will receive friends Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastors Ken Kinley and Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad or North Liberty United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pore family, and private condolences to them may be made online at


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