Dr. Lindsey Phibbs
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(News story) Dr. Lindsey Phibbs of Perrysburg, an obstetrician/gynecologist and champion equestrian, died of gynecologic cancer Thursday at Toledo Hospital. She was 36.

Dr. Phibbs graduated from her medical residency in June, 2014, and was on staff at Sunforest OB/?GYN Group in Toledo. She completed her residency at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. Her illness was diagnosed in March, according to her mother, Barbara Phibbs.

Dr. Phibbs' father, Dr. Garth Phibbs, is a gynecologic oncologist. Lindsey was more interested in working with women through pregnancy and childbirth, according to her older sister, Courtney Boyd. Mrs. Boyd said her sister had a "delicate touch" as a surgeon, and sometimes helped her father in surgery.

Ms. Boyd said her sister switched her career goals from business and economics in college to medicine because she wanted to help people. She chose her specialty after writing a paper on the human papilloma virus.

"That really got her interested in women's health. Instead of treating cancer patients she wanted to treat pregnant women bringing life into the world," Mrs. Boyd said.

A promotional video by ProMedica features Dr. Phibbs talking about her career.

"I like taking care of women through their whole life cycle, making sure every life age they're well taken care of," Dr. Phibbs says in the video. "My care philosophy is to listen to the patient and try to figure out how I can best help them."

The two sisters rode horses together through childhood and into college, competing throughout the United States as well as outside the country.

Dr. Phibbs was a show jump rider who knew how to guide her horse over fences, her sister said.

"She had tremendous feel for the horse and she had a great eye, which means when you're jumping, you figure out the best place to have the horse leave the ground and tell the horse that. She was very consistent. She was also very, very, very good under pressure," Mrs. Boyd said.

She praised Dr. Phibbs as a generous sister and godmother to her niece, Ashbrook Lindsey Boyd, with a bubbly, energetic personality and great sense of humor. Mrs. Boyd said her sister was frustrated by her illness and couldn't understand why it struck her.

But she bore it with grace.

"She never burdened anyone with it. Every doctor who came in, she would always ask them how they were doing. She was selfless. She would say please and thank you for everything even if she was in terrible pain," Mrs. Boyd said.

Dr. Phibbs was born in Windsor, Ont., and moved with her family to Ottawa Hills, where she attended elementary and high school.

She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and got her medical degree at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Phibbs was elected National Junior Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation in 1997. She also was a National Junior Jumper Champion, and winner of the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals.

Dr. Phibbs rode on the Skidmore equestrian team and led it to a team national championship. That same year, as an individual rider, she won the coveted Cacchione Cup, akin to a Heisman Trophy for equestrian competitors.

She enjoyed skiing, attending Detroit Red Wings hockey games, and her dogs.

Surviving are her parents, Garth David and Barbara Ann Phibbs; sister, Courtney Phibbs Boyd; and brother, Garth Fraser Phibbs.

Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Walker Funeral Home. Services are at 11 a.m. Monday in Epworth United Methodist Church. The family suggests contributions to the Foundation for Women's Cancer, Toledo Animal Shelter, Nature's Nursery, or Dog Works.

This is a news story by Tom Troy. Contact him at tomtroy@theblade.com">tomtroy@theblade.com">tomtroy@theblade.com">tomtroy@theblade.com, 419-724-6058 or on Twitter @TomFTroy.
Published in The Blade on Dec. 26, 2015.
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December 24, 2017
I never stop thinking of Lindsey, especially
this time of year. She was a great doctor and even better person
December 6, 2016
To all the Phipps family. My daughters, Kris and Jess, showed horses when your girls were on the circuit . I think of you often and understand better than many how difficult it is to lose a child. Kris passed away from triple-negative breast cancer 7 years ago. She was 37 at the time. I'm so glad we had the years on the road doing something she loved and something she was good at. What a unique experience we had with our girls during those competitive years. Please accept my condolences. Keep your memories with you always and her love in your hearts. Pat Brainard from Chicago, Il. Take care this holiday season.
Pat Brainard
January 2, 2016
Second Message: When a loved one is lost before the 70 years as promised by Jesus when He walked the earth is it very difficult to understand. But the Father is known as Agape Love, the highest form of love that exists and when we look to Him for answers He responds with a beautiful peace and reassurance that He has had heard and reassures us out Loved One is at home in His Embrace. For sickness and disease is from the enemy and not from a Loving Father who will when the time is ripe, brings His loved one home to embrace her and tell her "job well done Lindsay!" It appears that Lindsey accomplished a life's journey in the short time she lived bringing healing to many and enjoyment to others! My compassion and prayers are with you and may you find the precious peace and joy knowing the day is coming when once again you can embrace her and as her parents say, "job well done Lindsay"1 God Bless all of You!
Janet R Bowles
Patient Of Her Father
February 16, 2016
She was a wonderful doctor. She delivered my son in January 2015. She made my pregnancy a breeze. She will greatly be missed. When I heard the news I cried. Her life was taken way too early. Best wishes go out to her family. I will always remember her.
jeannie Yarberry
January 9, 2016
My sincere sympathy to your family on the loss of Lindsey.
Sharon Thorpe (Stuart)
January 8, 2016
My Condolences Dr. Phibbs and Barbara. Dr. Phibbs has been my Physician for 18 years until I moved away. I remember learning about Lindsey through Dr. Phibbs and the wonderful stories of her equestrian. May you find the strength and peace during this time. Jyll Arellano (Payne)
January 7, 2016
My sympathy in the loss of your daughter...
Linda Dunn
January 7, 2016
Dear Garth & Barb, Although we cannot relate to losing a child, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Lindsey and have been praying for you to find peace and joy in your lives that will be forever changed. Janice Lodge called us to let us know. Our heartfelt sympathy and the hope for your belief in God's promise in the days ahead. Love, Sue & Tom
Tom & Sue Trumbull
January 4, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. I am a patient of Dr. Garth Phibbs, and I can sense that his great compassion and generosity of spirit as a physician was passed on to Lindsey. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Suzanne Levy
January 2, 2016
Phibbs Family, so very sorry for your loss, thanks to your family for all your medical knowledge and help to all of us. Sincerely Jeanine Hundsrucker
January 1, 2016
my heart goes out to your family lindsey phibbs. your dad saved my sister's life and i will be eternally grateful for that. you were supposed to be my nieces surgeon when you fell ill, she said how wonderful you are. i am happy for all the joy you brought into this world for the short time you were here.....
December 31, 2015
Dr.Phibbs and Barb, So sorry for your loss. The loss of a child is great. You do so much to help others as you did for me. God bless you!
Linda Boss
December 31, 2015
Dear Barb and Garth, Walt and I were so sorry to hear about your darling daughter! Words can't express what you must be going through. I still remember the girls playing together on Victoria Ave.Our thoughts are with you and your family.
December 31, 2015
Dr. Phibbs and family, my deep heartfelt sympathies go out to you at this time. No words can help at this time of your loss. The emptiness that now is forever in your lives can never be replaced or filled. This awful disease is so very unforgiving and unrelenting. Know that you and your family are forever in my thoughts and prayers. May you find so peace of heart eventually and you are able to move forward in your lives. The good and amazing things you do for so many is nothing short of miraculous. Your love of healing is a special and precious gift that you have given to so many. I truly am so full of sorrow for you and your family. The gift I received from you I could never have gotten from anyone else. Know that I hold you and your family in my heart and will forever as with my prayers will be forever spoken fir you and your family.
Nina Goodrick
December 30, 2015
Lindsey was a classmate at OH. She was one of the more pleasant and positive people I met there. I am very sorry for your loss.
Andrew McSweeny
December 30, 2015
To the Phibbs family..know that you are in my prayers. I am saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter and sister. I used to frequent Twigs often and remember the kindness of your entire family. So very sorry that you are going through this.
Michele
December 30, 2015
Barb and family, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to all.
Linda Edelman-Pezzino
December 30, 2015
Dr. Phibbs and Barbara
I can find no words for your deep loss. My continued thoughts and prayers for you and the family in the days ahead.
Gloria Smith. patient
December 29, 2015
Dear Doctor and Mrs. Phibbs,
I was so saddened in learning of Lindsey's passing. I came to know each of you at the Toledo Club, and it is difficult finding that a family as dear as all of you, has had to suffer such a tremendous loss.....We as parents share that as a fear, I am sure. I cannot begin to imagine your pain, but I am sure Lindsey passed on as graciously as she lived, because of the terrific parents she was blessed with.
Please know I am keeping each of you in my thoughts and prayers and rest assured.....Lindsey walks with the Angels now........right where she belongs.
Sharon Enck-Welch
December 29, 2015
Extremely shocked and saddened to hear the news about your daughter. May God and his love surround you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lorraine Dean (patient of Dr. Garth Phibbs)
December 29, 2015
Many years ago, in the early 90s, I competed on the same Florida circuit as Courtney and Lindsey. I remember Lindsey as a wonderfully bright young girl (she was 13 at the time). Through the years, I've enjoyed following the successes of both Courtney and Lindsey in their various endeavors. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Cristina Burbach
December 29, 2015
Lindsey and family,
I walked Harry and Pippa last summer through Christmastime last year. My friend, a medical student at UT, posted the news of Lindsey's passing. I am sending each and every one of you so many good thoughts. Since I heard, I have been thinking about how Lindsey was such a bright soul and SO SO sweet, though I only knew her through one or two in face-to-face meetings and the correspondence of a text or two about the dogs each weekday. What a strong, beautiful woman with so much to offer the world. Remember, she is still with you! Pay special attention to the pups as her soul also shines through them.

Blessings,
Brooke Phillips
December 29, 2015
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Phibbs,
I just found out about Lindsey's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family.
Yours, Dr. Laura Katz
Laura Katz
December 29, 2015
Barb and Garth,
Such a tragic loss and know it has been such a difficult year. Please accept our deepest sympathy and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Chuck and Sydney
sydney and Chuck Bland
December 29, 2015
Dr. and Mrs. Phibbs, my deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I pray that God wrap his loving arms around your entire family during this difficult time. God bless you all!! Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted ( Matthew 5:4)
Tammy Battle
December 29, 2015
The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association community grieves the loss of its 1999 USEF Cacchione Cup national individual hunt seat champion and role model to a generation of college equestrians
IHSA
December 29, 2015
Dear Dr. Garth Phibbs & Barbara, Courtney, & Garth F. & families,

Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers. I pray you get comfort & strength through your faith & prayers knowing Lindsey is peacefully resting in God's loving arms. Please reflect on the fullness of life you helped her to share with you, family & friends. What a gift from you to give her the opportunities to live out her love of giving & helping, plus enjoyment with all of you. Your are truly great parents, brother & sister.

Peace,Grace&love,
Corliss (your patient) & Husband Ron Heiden
December 28, 2015
Garh and Barb...I am so sorry to hear about Lindsey's passing. What a cheerful and beautiful girl! The world will miss her beautiful soul. I will pray for your family.
Barbara Sundermeyer (Hubley)
December 28, 2015
Dear Mrs and Dr Phibbs and family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Unfortunately, I had not ever met her, but, by knowing you, I feel that I would have known and liked Lindsey just as well as I know you. My sincere condolences.
Linda Hohenberger
December 28, 2015
Dear Dr. and Mrs Phibbs - My heart breaks for you for the loss of your daughter. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so, so sorry.
Pat Clifford
December 28, 2015
Dr Lindsey Phibbs delivered my son in August 2014. I'll never forgot when she laid my son on my chest. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Megan Ashenfelter
December 28, 2015
Dear Barbara, Garth and Family,
We just learned today of Lindsey's passing, and we are devastated by this tragic news. I understand her service was today, and I am saddened I was not there. It was always a delight to watch your beautiful children grow up. You have been wonderful neighbors and friends to us.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you now, and we send our deepest condolences to you all.
Much love, Robin, Pat, and Katie Stranahan
December 28, 2015
Dr Garth Phibbs and your entire family
Am so sorry for your loss.
Mary Floro
December 28, 2015
Lindsey was a kind and generous friend. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. We count ourselves lucky to have been a part of her life and care. She fought her illness with relentless determination and unparalleled strength. She showed us all how to face illness and mortality with poise and dignity. She was an incredible healer, like her father, and her legacy will live on forever in the hearts of her family and friends as well as the many patients who had the privilege of being under her care. So long for now, dear friend. We will meet again in heaven. Love always.
Jim & Mike Fuss King
December 28, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. You are in my prayers.
Lynn Jermann
December 28, 2015
Dr. PHibbs and family. I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers go to all of you.God bless you.
Sue Gavron
December 28, 2015
Dr Phibbs, My God be with you and your family during your sorrows

Your patient Shelley Daniels
December 28, 2015
I was transferred to Sunforest in Nov. 2014 during a high-risk pregnancy. During that time I was in the care of Dr. Phibbs. She was amazing. I'm so saddened to her of her passing. Prayers to her family, friend and co-workers may you find peace during this heartbreaking time.
Catherine Grames
December 28, 2015
Phibbs Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences and prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless your family with stregth and healing.
Marcia Helms
December 28, 2015
To her parents - I was a 3rd year medical student when I met Lindsey, I learned so much from her. She was called the "phibster" by her friends, and had the most amazing happy personality. She talked of her dad and her journey to medicine. My last encounter was when she was so excited to move to Michigan, had gotten a place of her own, and showed me pictures of her new place. I'm so very sorry for your loss, I will pray for her, and pray that God gives you strength to get through this difficult and trying time. May God rest her soul.
Sobia Raja
December 27, 2015
I grew up with Lindsey and I am saddened by the news of her passing. I pray that God bless the Phibbs family and walk you through this terrible loss.
Charles Satchwell
December 27, 2015
Dr Phibbs and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my husband and I will be praying for you and your family, and that God will give you strength and comfort through this very difficult time.
Linda BLomquist, recent surgery May & patient in your care.
Linda Blomquist
December 27, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time.
December 27, 2015
Dear Phibbs and Boyd family. I knew Lindsey when she came wherever Courtney was and the CLF crew. My daughter Nicole Haring-Roton rode with Court and knew Lindsey as well. It was so hard to hear the news about Lindsey because the times she was around the barn you would have never known she was dealing with this disease. Be proud of the daughter she turned out to be, always with a smile and kind word. I pray for her and all of you as you try to move forward and adjust to life as it is now, for all of you trying to understand it and especially Brooke's. May you find peace,
Pat Haring Walsh
Pat Walsh
December 27, 2015
Dr. Phibbs and Family, I am so very very sorry for your loss, I am sure your daughter was as amazing doctor, as you are, top shelf, I was a patient for many years, please know we are praying for you, and your precious girl.God Bless your family, and give you the strength you need ! Thoughts, Prayers,
are with you.
Kathye Zaper
December 27, 2015
Incomprehensible. An inspiring life.
Ron Sandrin Litt
December 27, 2015
God has called his angel Lindsey back to him too soon and she will be greatly missed. She was one of the nicest and caring doctors I have met. May you rest peacefully in the Lords loving arms. My prayers are with your family that the Lord brings them comfort during this difficult time.
Aimee Archambeau
December 27, 2015
Dr.Garth Phibbs,. I am so saddened to hear of your daughter Lindsey passing. I was a patient of yours when I was a young girl .You were so comforting and caring .I will always be grateful to you. I can't understand how this could happen to your family when you have sacrificed so much to help people. My Prayers are with you and your family.
Regina Weaks
December 27, 2015
A very deep sorrow fills me when I think of your family and the road you have and will travel for a while. My deep respect for dr Garth has me very sad. May god hold you close during these rough days.
Tomi Byers CRNA
December 27, 2015
To the Phibbs family,
I am sorry for your loss. There is nothing worse as a parent than to lose a child. We lost our 24 year old son November 1. As a physician, I felt like I had helped so many others but could not help my own child. My heart breaks for you.
Hugs, Kathy Carlson
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