Dec. 9, 1934 - Feb. 13, 2014
NILES - Nila June Phillips, 79, of Niles, passed away at Memorial Hospital in South Bend on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Nila was born on December 9, 1934, to the late Harvey and Bernice (Michelson) Andress in Niles. After graduating from Niles High School, in 1953, Nila wed Harry Phillips Jr. on March 21, 1959. Together they had threee children. She enjoyed camping and spending time outdoors. She also loved to travel, especially to Las Vegas. She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Andress; mother, Bernice Green; husband, Harry Phillips Jr.; and brother, Richard Myers. Nila is survived by her children, Kevin (Chris) Phillips of South Bend, Indiana, Pamela (Gary) Fisk of Edwardsburg, Michigan, and Timothy (Kim) Phillips of Niles; grandchildren, April, Joshua, Angelina, Tyler and Trenton; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Lexi, Ashlynn and Autumn; and siblings, Basil (Bessie) Andress of Plainwell, MI, Carla Collmer of Niles, Marcille Jochem of Kalamazoo, MI, and Susan (Jeff Palmer) Andress of Kalamazoo. A time of visitation will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Brown Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Services to honor Nila's life will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Hope United Methodist Church in Edwardsburg at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Jeffery Reese officiating. Those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Nila's name to the National Parkinson Foundation, located at PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or Hope United Methodist Church, located at 69941 Elkhart Road, Edwardsburg, MI 49112. Those wishing to leave a message for the family or upload a photo of Nila may do so on our website at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com or on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BrownFuneralHomeNiles. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Niles.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 16, 2014