Alta Grace Phillips, age 95, of Centerville, Indiana, died Monday, November 30, 2020.

Born March 11, 1925, in Germantown, Indiana, to Redford and Kathryn Boyer Lockwood, Alta was a life-long resident of Wayne County. She attended Lincoln High School. Alta worked hard her entire life. Beginning as a teenager, she cleaned houses. Alta then worked at the creamery in Cambridge City, Indiana. Next, she became an LPN and ran a nursing home in Cambridge City and Echo Trail Nursing Home in Centerville. Alta was the owner/operator of Grace’s Elite restaurant at the Leland Legacy. She also worked at Marvel Industries in Richmond. Finally, Alta worked in elder care at the Richmond Senior Community Center and cared for many people as a traveling personal home health aide. She was a member of Bethesda Worship Center and the American Legion Harry Ray Post #65 Auxiliary.

In her younger years, Alta was a fastpitch softball pitcher, one of the best in the state at the time. She was also a powder puff race car driver and enjoyed bowling, watching NASCAR, crocheting, and participating in any sport. Alta had an adventurous spirit and would accept any dare, including taking the Polar Bear Plunge, most recently in 2000.

Survivors include her children, Julia Ann (David) Holloway, Dennis Edward Hunt, and Victor James (Patricia) Hunt Jr.; stepson, Mark (Trish) Phillips; 13 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 49 great-great-grandchildren; extended family; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Victor James Hunt Sr.; second husband, Oliver Milton Phillips; son, Joe Alan Hunt; and siblings, Martin Lockwood, Mary De’Anne, and Vivian Joann Fellman.

Alta’s service will be viewable on the Doan & Mills Funeral Home website.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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