Virginia Phillippe

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Virginia Dean Hatter Phillippe passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 from a stroke in the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn. She was 85. She was born on May 19, 1927 in Casey County to the late Samuel and Mattie Roberts Hatter. Virginia married John "J.T." Phillippe in September 1951 in Ohio and soon moved to Michigan where they and their children lived 17 years. Then the family returned to Casey County when JT retired. After several years Virginia and JT bought a home in Danville. She was a homemaker, excellent cook, skilled seamstress and quilter. She was always a member of the Church of Christ wherever she lived. Virginia cared for her grandchildren and was a nanny for several other children and became close to them and their families. After the death of her husband, Virginia eventually moved to Lincoln, Ill. in 2001 to live near her son, Tim. Then in 2008 she relocated to Johnson City, Tenn. to be near her daughter, Denise Walker. Virginia lived her last years in NHC a nursing home due to health problems; however she was visited frequently by her family and enjoyed outings and family get togethers. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Thomas Phillippe; two brothers, Joe and Bill Hatter; and two sisters, Ruby Brown and Opal McAninch. Virginia is survived by her three children and their spouses; Tim and Mary Fern Phillippe, of Saint Charles, Mo., Joe and Marija Phillippe, of Fayetteville, N.C. and Jon and Denise Walker, of Johnson City, Tenn., six grandchildren; Mydryn Phillippe and his mother, Barbara, Dalton, Ga., Crystal Philippe, Jonathan Phillippe (and his wife, Brooke) and Christopher Phillippe (and his wife, Kathryn), all of the Johnson City area, Jenna Beth Walker, Greenville, S.C., and Lexi Walker, Knoxville, Tenn.; and a great-grandson, James Timothy Phillippe of Johnson City. She is also survived by two sisters, Lucy Morgan, Valparaiso, Ind., and Audrey Hines, Argyle; numerous nieces and nephews; and many of JT's siblings, in-laws, and special cousins. Funeral services were Jan. 2 at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Crowe from Indian Hills Christian Church officiating. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. A memorial tribute wall is available for Virginia at
Published in The Casey County News on Jan. 9, 2013