She was born May 17, 1933, in Pulaski County, Ill., to Elmer and Lora Leatherland Welch Sr. She married Eugene Phillips on June 15, 1950.
Phillips was a member of Unity Baptist Church. She retired as a nurse aide, having worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo, Ill., various nursing homes in the area and also private duty care. She was a past member of a home extension club.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene, of Olive Branch; three sons, Mike (Donna) Phillips of Paducah, Ky., Harold (Debbie) Phillips of Mayfield, Ky., Wayne (Sharron) Phillips of Tamms, Ill.; a daughter, Ruth Ann (David) Polivick of Olive Branch; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary (Sharon) Welch of Mansfield, Tenn.; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters, Beulah and Loretta; three brothers, Sylvester, Carl and Elmer Welch.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Bobby Kirby and Raymond McAfee officiating. Interment will be in Lindsey Cemetery.
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