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Memorial services for Betty Phillips, 86, will be at 4 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, at Grace Episcopal Church. Family will receive friends following services.
A native of Pinewood, S.C., Betty married Bill Phillips, the love of her life, in 1949, and they traveled the world with his career in the U.S. Army until his death in Vietnam in 1967. Left with five young children, a high school education, and no work experience, Betty rolled up her sleeves and got to work making a new life for her family. Working full time and going to school at night, she earned her bachelor of science degree, and then her master's degree in social work and counseling. She always enjoyed her work in the medical field and did social work in several hospitals. She was also the office manager for Cullman Internal Medicine for many years. Betty was actively involved in many church and civic organizations in Cullman, including the Grace ECW, where she was a tireless worker who could always be counted on to do more than her share (she must have made a thousand cheeseballs), Friday Study Club (she was a voracious reader) and numerous bridge clubs (she was a fierce competitor). In addition, she was a member of the founding Board of Hospice of Cullman County, and continued to serve as a volunteer up into her '80s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Russel Phillips; her parents; two brothers; and a beloved granddaughter, Ann Marie Pippin.
She is survived by her five children, Sara (Doyle) Baker, Rusty (Paula) Phillips, Ann Thompson, Linda Anderson and Mary Bega. She leaves behind nine grandchildren, Justin Thomason, Sara Catherine Thomason Wheatley, Kimberly Phillips Dockery, William Russel Phillips III, John Pippin, Jennifer Thompson Huff, Thomas Phillips, Melissa Bega Barr and Rebecca Bega. Betty also leaves 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Betty Phillips Memorial Fund at Grace Episcopal Church.
Published on July 27, 2017
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