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Reba Phillips


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Reba Phillips Obituary
PHILLIPS, Reba Sue Reba Sue Cummings Phillips passed away at home on June 9 in Austin, TX. She was born September 30, 1932 in Duncan, OK, to Horace Huron and Vivian Lee McFarland Cummings. She graduated from Duncan High School and married her high school sweetheart Richard Dick Phillips in December 1950. Dick and Reba made their home in Duncan and had three children over the first three years of their marriage. They were successful business owners in their community. After their children graduated from high school, Dick and Reba travelled and lived abroad with Off Shore Drilling International between 1970 and 1985, seven years of which they lived in Singapore. While Dick continued to work abroad, often traveling two to four weeks at a time, Reba settled and made a home in Austin, TX and began working in real estate, first for Patricia Linn Real Estate and later, Elnora Byrd Real Estate. She then worked for the Brackenridge School of Nursing as the administrative assistant to the Dean. Later, Reba began work with the State of Texas Department of Human Services in the nursing home division. After taking retirement from the State, she enjoyed working at St. David's Hospital as a phone operator and later, in the hospital gift shop. Over the years, Reba also attended St. Edwards University and became passionate about genealogy. Reba was a long-time cat lover, and over many years made a home for her beloved Percy, Thomas, Starlet, Bailey, Gracie, Duncan, Bentley, Marilyn, and Thomas II, most of which were rescues. She also was a longtime member of University Avenue Church of Christ and avid volunteer with the Assistance League of Austin. Reba loved needlepoint, quilting, crosswords, singing and participating in musicals when she lived in Singapore. She loved keeping up with family through a newsletter, sending birthday cards, and family reunions. She participated in a knitting group that provided blankets for preemie babies and Hospice patients. She even had the opportunity to go on a quilt tour with her cousin, Louise. Reba loved reading, and when she began losing her vision, turned to audio books --listening to several each week. Reba is preceded in death by her parents and husband of thirty-five years. She is survived by her three children, Richard Mark Phillips and wife Nancy of Austin, Ralph Jeffery Phillips and wife, Elaine, of Arkansas City, KS and Shella S. Bycura and husband, Mike, of Austin, with whom she lived for the last 18 months; ten grandchildren Shorey, Tadd, Heidi, Sheldon, Jaye, Tim, Lauren, Katie, Aaron, and Lauren; and eleven great-grandchildren Michiah, Andrew, Ayden, Owen, Justice, Hadleigh, Alexa, Ella, Claire, Wyatt, and Baylee; and many cousins. The family would like to thank Seton HomeCare of Austin and Synergy Home Care, especially Gena and Laura, for their compassionate care, along with her nurses and therapists, allowing Reba to remain at home the last two years of her life. We would also like to express gratitude to Dr. Timothy Bednar and Dr. Gurneet Kohli, her physicians who patiently endured her interviewing skills-she left their offices knowing more about them than they knew about her. A memorial and celebration of life will be held in Austin on July 14th,, at 2:00pm at University Avenue Church of Christ Chapel (1903 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705). In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made in her name to the State of Texas Talking Books Program--checks payable to: The Texas Talking Book Program: 1201 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701 or (http://www.texas-talkingbooks.org), or to the Austin Humane Society (http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/donate/).
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 14 to June 17, 2018
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