ELBURN – Caitlyn "Caity" Rose Phillips, 13, of Elburn, died tragically Friday, April 26, 2013. Taken from us too early, Caitlyn now lives on in Heaven as one of God's favored angels. Her memory, a shining example of compassion and love, lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
She will be missed by her parents, Crystal and Gary; two sisters, Jordan Phillips and Taylor Phillips; one nephew, Noah Phillips; maternal grandparents: Mary Bateman; paternal grandparents, Ted and Sally Phillips; several aunts and uncles, including Ted and Patti Phillips, Dan and Denise Phillips, Becky and Ken Stout; a "truck load" of cousins; and a "village" of friends and neighbors that helped raise her.
She was preceded by Crystal's biological parents, Bob Howie and Cynthia Baranowski; as well as Crystal's father, Glen Bateman; and one uncle, Bobby Howie.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Calvary West Church, 1600 Beta Drive in Sugar Grove. A funeral to celebrate her life will begin at 11 a.m., following a time of visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., also at the church, Friday, May 3. The Rev. Russ Hurst, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Caitlyn's name. Checks may be made to the "Caitlyn Phillips Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. You can also deposit directly into an account set up in her name at Old Second Bank, 749 N. Main St., Elburn. Memorial tributes may also be forwarded to the P.O. Box or on the web at www.conleycare.com.
Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.