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Ruth Lynn Phillips

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Ruth Lynn Phillips Obituary
Ruth Lynn Phillips

AGE: 73 • Charlotte, NC

Mrs. Phillips, age 73, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully at Sharon Towers on March 17, 2014. She was born October 8, 1940 in Tampa, Florida to Chester George Whittaker and Ruth Violet Bohman. Ruth was a graduate of Eastern High School in Louisville, KY and Rollins College with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education. Prior to her marriage to Mr. John R. Phillips in 1966, she taught elementary education in the DeKalb County public school system for five years. Ruth was a lifelong Presbyterian, served the church as a deacon, and was a member of the Presbyterian Women. She was a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Ruth was also a member of P.E.O., Chapter CC, the Mary Snead Boger Book Club, and a Bible study group. Ruth enjoyed volunteering, reading and maintaining contacts with family and friends. Her involvement in community service started in college and continued throughout her life. Whether helping one child to read, raising funds for Easter Seal clients to attend respite camps, or active participation in rural community improvement initiatives, she was committed to at least try. The more daunting, the more committed! In all cases, over many years her strong preference was to be as anonymous as possible.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, John R. Phillips, of Charlotte; two sons, Marshall E. Phillips and wife, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, also of Charlotte, and Charles S. Phillips and wife, Elizabeth Johnson Phillips, of Richmond, VA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and Ruth's brother, Sam Whittaker, of Palm Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests support to Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or to the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Harry and Bryant Funeral Home, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC, with the Reverend Carl Dumford and Rev. James Moore officiating. A reception will be held following the service at Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte. Condolences may be left at www.HarryandBry

Published in The News Journal on Mar. 26, 2014
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