Genevieve "Denny" Phillips was born on February 9, 1922. She died peacefully in the presence of her local family and in the hearts of her more distant family and many friends on January 31, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. Denny was the oldest daughter of Genevieve and Frank Gresham, and enjoyed a happy childhood with two brothers, a sister, and a loving extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Denny met John A. Phillips when they were students at the University of Oklahoma, and they married August 7, 1948. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1953. Being a mother was Denny's greatest delight in life and she took pride in her three daughters, Virginia (Ginny), Linda, and Kathryn (Kathy). After the death of her husband when she was fifty years old, Denny went on to touch the lives of many other children by serving as a foster mother. While she loved all of them, Lynne Kennedy and Kim Caraveo held a special place in her heart, and Denny considered them to be her daughters from the day they entered her life. Denny was a positive and happy person. She believed that attitude was more than half the battle and that life gave back to you as much as you put into it. She had many interests and unbounded energy. She was a Master Gardener, a Master bridge player, and a member of the Velvet Hills Sweet Adelines Chorus. She loved to travel, believing that every landscape had a beauty all its own. Her affection for animals was well known. Denny was also a proud, patriotic American and she instilled a love of country in her children. She was fiercely loyal to OU and the Denver Broncos! She laughed often and will be remembered as a fun and caring friend by many. Denny is preceded in death by her mother Genevieve Beland Gresham, father Frank Gresham, brother Louis Gresham and husband John A. Phillips. Denny leaves behind her daughters Virginia Ledbetter (Chuck), Linda Sanchez (Stan), Kathryn Berzins, Lynne Kennedy, and Kim Caraveo (Rafael). Also surviving are her brother Thomas Gresham (Camilla), her sister Virginia La Fortune (Dan), and her sister in law Peggy Gresham. Finally, she leaves behind Peggy Mullan, whom she always loved as a daughter, along with a multitude of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who loved and appreciated her. A Celebration of Life is planned for Denny at the Briarhurst in Manitou Springs at 1:00 pm on April 9th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to one of Denny's favorite charities: A Kidz Hope Homes, 1401 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Contributions to your favorite cause would also be a fitting memorial and would please her.
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Published in The Gazette on Feb. 13, 2011