Phyllis Jean Isome, affectionately known as Poochie, fought the good fight of lung cancer & COPD with the loving support of her family by her side. Phyllis lost the battle on January 8, 2020 at the age of 69 in the loving care of her sister Terri Ann.
Phyllis was predeceased by her father James W. Maull of Anniston, Alabama and mother Laura J. Maull of Elizabethtown, Indiana and niece Robin Renee of Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was survived by her sister Terri Ann Andrews (Howard) of Jacksonville, Florida. She leaves behind seven nieces and two nephews: Taiwana Marie, Stefanie Ann, Tish Chanel, Jamie Lenora and Phyllis Charmille, all of Cincinnati, Ohio, Laurie Cherisse of Louisville, Kentucky, La’Donna Gene of Jacksonville, Florida, Steven and Alexander Marcellus, also of Cincinnati, Ohio. She also leaves behind thirty great nieces and nephews, sixteen great-great nieces and nephews, one aunt (Marcella Dozier), two uncles (George Duke and Charles Duke (Gloria) all of Cincinnati, Ohio and a host of close cousins, friends and extended family.
Phyllis was born to the union of James W. and Laura J. Maull on July 13, 1950. Phyllis accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Addyston, Ohio, where she joined the choir singing lead in an old Christian favorite "God Specializes". She attended Three Rivers School District and graduated from Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio, where she became the first black cheerleader in the district.
Phyllis was joined in matrimony to Jerome Isome in 1970 and thereafter relocated to Montgomery, Alabama where she attended a business trade school. In the early-70s Phyllis relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield for twenty-eight years. After retiring, she traded in her Green Bay Packers jersey for a Cincinnati Bengals jersey and returned home to Cincinnati to be closer to family.
While Phyllis had no biological children, she was a mother to all. In 2004 when Terri Ann moved to Florida to pursue employment opportunities, Phyllis became a full-time hands-on mother to her nine nieces and nephews, twenty plus great nieces and nephews and three great-great nieces and nephews which gave her great joy and purpose. Her unwavering love and commitment to family and faith is the legacy she leaves behind.
Phyllis joined New Saint Paul Church on Freeman Avenue in 2019, where she attended until her health failed.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2019 at Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue 45223. Visitation will begin at 1 pm followed by services at 2 pm. Burial will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue 45232.