Phyllis Conroy graduated from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1948, the same year she married Frank Avila. Their marriage was blessed with 7 girls and 3 boys. Phyllis was a founder of Nurses Concerned for Life in the mid 1970’s (the forerunner of A Hope Center and Women’s Care Center). From that time on, her life was dedicated to protecting innocent human life. Phyllis reached out with love to women in crisis pregnancies with limited funding and support. She was one of 7 defendants targeted by a lawsuit filed by the local abortion clinic owner. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed but not before the stress took a toll on Phyllis’ fragile health. The Lord took her home long before we were ready to let her go. It is an honor to recognize the contribution of Phyllis to the pro-life cause in Allen County by choosing her as the first recipient of the Telemachus Award. She obeyed God’s call on her life without regard to the cost.
The bio above was submitted at the time of the award presentation.