May 17, 1952 ~ August 19, 2018

Born in: Honolulu, Hawaii
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Phyllis Marie LaVan passed away peacefully on August 19th, 2018, at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Phyllis was the oldest of 4 children born in Honolulu, Hawaii. The family moved to San Diego in 1957 and Phyllis eventually moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where she met her husband of 20 years, Harry LaVan. Phyllis and Harry worked for many years in the Telecommunication industry and eventually retired in Indianapolis where Phyllis spent time working at the local library and as a volunteer for the Indiana House Rabbit Society.

Phyllis was a very special lady who had a spirit of giving to help others that were less fortunate than herself. She especially loved rabbits and was an advocate against the mistreatment of all animals.

She is survived by her husband Harry LaVan in Indianapolis, IN, her brothers Frank Siu (Cindi) in Carlsbad, CA, David Siu (Wendy) in San Juan Capistrano, CA, her sister, Sylvia Siu in Dallas, TX and her beloved nephews (Nelson and Parker) and nieces (Jessica and Madyson).

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th, 2018, at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services located at 5215 N. Shadeland Ave, Lawrence, IN 46226.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 7th, 2018, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 3354 W. 30th St. Indianapolis, IN 46222.

Phyllis requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Indiana House Rabbit Society, P.O. Box 421746, Indianapolis, IN 46242-1746, (317) 767-7636.


Visitation: September 6, 2018 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Funeral Service: September 7, 2018 12:00 am - 10:30 am

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
3354 W 30th St,
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Phyllis Marie LaVan's name.

The Indiana House Rabbit Society

P.O. Box 421746
Indianapolis, IN

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  1. Phyllis was one of my best friends for many years. I will miss her beautiful smile and good nature. I will see you soon Phyllis.

  2. Phyllis was one of my most favorite best friends. She had such a beautiful, sweet soul and a beautiful smile. I miss her so much but I know she’s is a wonderful place now with no more pain or suffering.
    I can just see her up in heaven playing with all the bunnies.
    I can’t wait to see her again.
    Rest in peace my beautiful friend.

  3. I had the pleasure of working with Phyllis for 8 years at IndyPL. She was a wonderful person. We all loved her smile and her feisty spirit. Phyllis always made people laugh, she was just that way. We all miss her so much! Harry I hope you know how much we all loved and cared for Phyllis. She will always be in our hearts. Praying for you and the family.

  4. I will miss seeing her smiling face. She was a great coworker at the Southport Library, she was always making us laugh. She fought a good fight! Thankful that she is no longer suffering and is living a glorious pain free life. Continued prayers for Harry!

  5. I met Phyllis in San Diego at Pacific Bell. We both worked at Operator Services. Then she moved to Indiana, while I went to another job. We kept in touch over the years, here and there. She came here and we went to a Mexican restaurant or two. One year we went to the Bunny Festival in Carlsbad? She was feisty and she was fun. I loved her. I’ll miss her. But I know she’s in a better place. Be well, my friend.

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