CARBONDALE— Frances M. Phillips, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in the peace of her home.
She was born June 21, 1933, in St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She was the daughter of Orville A. Reeder and Myrtle F. (Rhoades) Reeder.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Pam Chaney Phillips; her sister, Pauline Shryrock; and her brothers Oscar B. and Richard D. Reeder; her husband of 59 years, Clifford Phillips; her daughter, Julie Phillips of Carbondale; her son Timothy Phillips of Murphysboro; her son, Christopher and his wife, Martha, (Maranti) Phillips of Fort Worth, Texas; and her son Clifford “Chip” Phillips and fiancée, Tina Wallace of West Frankfort. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
Franceswas born in Litchfield, where she also attended and graduated from Litchfield High School.
On August 23rd of 1953, she wed Mr. Clifford Phillips. She went on to become an insurance adjustor in St. Louis. She then became a homemaker, caring for her husband and beloved children. Later she went on to be a realtor for Deidrich Realty in Carbondale. She had a love for all things representative of Southern Illinois and became an active member of the Saluki Booster Club, with one of her more memorable participations being in the Great Saluki Tailgate of 1986. She was an Avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She truly enjoyed sharing camaraderie with friends and family. She always treasured family gatherings and cherished time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Upon her retirement, Frances spent the next 23 years doing the things she truly found to be rewarding in life. She had a great appreciation of the outdoors and nature, spending a great deal of her time gardening, camping, swimming and boating. For 14 years, she and her husband, Clifford, would retreat to the warmth of their winter home in Texas. There they found entertainment in cribbage, golf, bowling, and Mexican dominoes. Frances, refusing to miss any of the wonders the world had to offer, traveled to Spain, Rome, Naples, Venice, Alaska, Hawaii, and all but two of the states in the U.S.
Visitation for Mrs. Phillips will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 1 in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cobden, with Father Uriel Salamanca Cipaguata officiating.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Cobden.
Frances succumbed following her long battle with cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family and adoring husband. She was 79 years old.