Phillips, Ruth Ellen 02/26/1943 - 10/13/2012 SPRING VALLEY -- In loving memory of Ruth Ellen (Haueter/ Bowlus) Phillips, born in Rock Springs,Wyoming to Mary Ellen Haueter/ Bowlus and Reuben Haueter. She attended Van Nuys High and University of the Pacific. Ruth was kind, thoughtful, hardworking, and a sincere advocate of early childhood education. She devoted 34 years of service as a teacher and director at Foothills Preschool in La Mesa. Ruth was also a part-time child development instructor and mentor teacher at Cuyamaca College. She enjoyed celebrating the holidays, reading, gardening, the beach, and spending time with her family, friends, and special cat Lacey. Ruth courageously battled cancer, and is survived by her son Dean (Lily), daughter Danette (Bryan), their father David, granddaughters Lauren and Alyssa, sister Debbie, brother Brad (Jill), niece Brittney (Brian), and nephew Garrett (Cassia). A beautiful Celebration of Life service was held at Foothills United Methodist Church, where she worked and was a church member. Ruth will truly be missed by all whose lives she touched, but her memory and mark on the world will always be remembered.