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Online Auction To Benefit Indiana Charities

An Ossian woman’s legacy will live on, thanks to her philanthropy and the help of a Fort Wayne auction company.

Phyllis Gent, who passed away recently, made arrangements for an online auction of real estate and personal property. A giving soul, she has requested that all the profits be donated to Wells County Foundation, Waynedale Methodist Church, and Purdue University Veterinary Sciences. Among the highlights of her collection include 200 collectible dolls and a variety of quilts and supplies. Additionally, her 1564 sq. ft. ranch home in Ossian is for sale as part of the estate. Ness Brothers is facilitating the transactions related to the estate.

Gent grew up in Wayndedale and entertained herself with crafts taught to her by her mother, which included sewing, embroidery, crocheting and quilting. She was also an avid doll collector and longtime member of the Bee Happy Quilt Club in Bluffton.

“Ness Bros. is privileged to honor Phyllis’ wishes and help out some worthy causes at the same time,” said Kurt Ness, co-broker with Ness Bros. “Additionally, we are proud to partner with respected Waynedale elder law attorney James E. Springer on this estate.”

The online auction runs through 4 pm. April 26. Those interested may log on to to see and bid on the property and merchandise.