Ruth "Evelyn" Morehous

  • Born: September 17, 1923
  • Died: February 27, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ruth "Evelyn" Phillips Morehous, 91, passed peacefully into the Lord's loving arms on Friday, February 27. She was born September 17, 1923, to David and Orhpa Mae "Boyd" Phillips in Union City, Ohio. Evelyn was the baby of the Phillips family line, preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy (Dorothy) Phillips, Jessie (Raymond) Marker, Mary (Hubert) Hough, Martha (Wendell) Wrangler, David (Caroline) Phillips, her beloved nephew Jerry "Jerry Boy" Phillips, and the love of her life, husband William W. Morehous, a decorated World War Two hero who passed in 1980.
A devoted wife and mother, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She and Bill had two daughters, Patricia Willis and Barbara (Dan) Hazelwood, three grandchildren: Shelley Greenlee, Stacey Greenlee, and William Greenlee; and one great-grandchild, Bailey Ward Greenlee. The family moved to Indianapolis in 1949 where Bill worked in the automobile business until his retirement. Raised on a farm, she loved to tell stories about farm life where she and her brother, Dave, had to milk the cows both before and after school.
In addition to being involved with many charitable organizations and a member of Chapel Rock Christian Church, she was employed by Flackville Elementary School, the Marion County License Branch, and most recently at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, retiring at age 89. To celebrate her 90th birthday, she requested her daughters to take her to the casino at French Lick, Indiana.
Never one to seek recognition or the limelight, she was always behind the scenes doing things for others. She loved life, being outdoors, gardening, watching birds, dancing, and playing cards, but most of all, she loved and cared for her grandchildren. She loved celebrating everyone's birthday and baked cakes for whoever had a birthday. The Lord gave her the gift of making everyone she knew feel special, always being a supportive friend and encourager to many. A cheerleader and basketball player at Jackson High School (Ohio), she was an avid basketball fan, and was so devoted to Indiana University basketball that former coach Bob Knight gave her his autographed picture.
She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.