Phyllis Hoffman Truong, 85, Dunlap, Ill.

Phyllis Hoffman Truong, 85, of Dunlap, Illinois, passed away the morning of June 1, 2020 at her residence.

Phyllis was born on January 8, 1935, in Jasper, Indiana. She was the daughter of William and Evelyn (Ellshoff) Hoffman. 

Phyllis graduated from Jasper High School in 1953 and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Saint Louis University in 1957.

Phyllis worked as a speech therapist in the Chicago Public Schools, Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools systems and at the Frazier Rehab Institute Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  It was while working in Louisville that she met Dr. Xuan Truong, whom she would marry in 1964.  The couple settled in the Peoria, Illinois, area but also lived in Texas for a short period of time.

Phyllis worked for Easter Seals in Peoria but eventually chose to leave that position to raise her four children. She particularly enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and listening to classical music. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William Hoffman of Nashville, Tennessee; her sister, Marilyn Gramelspacher of Jasper; and her sister, Shirley Fallon of Louisville.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Dr. Xuan Truong of Dunlap, Illinois; her son, Dr. Marcel Hoffman and his wife, Jill of Lakewood, Illinois; her son, Dr. Hans Truong of Spring, Texas; her daughter, Nicole Truong, Esq. and her husband, Jason Keller of Springfield, Illinois; and her daughter, Dr. Claudine Gillison of Springfield, Illinois.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Justin and Joshua Truong, Miles and Daphne Keller, and Isabelle and Evangeline Gillison; a grand-dog, Chloe; her sister-in-law, Marlene Hoffman of Nashville, Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews, whom she cared about very deeply.

A celebration of life and inurnment of ashes will take place in Peoria, Illinois, when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. 

Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the American Heart Association.

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