Carol A. Phillips
1926 - 2014
Carol A. Phillips died on Oct. 19, 2014, in North Pole, Alaska. Caroline Chase Andrews was born on June 1, 1926, in Flushing, N.Y., the youngest of seven children of Speer and Ada Dixon Andrews. She was educated in N.Y. City schools, and graduated from Bard College. Carol's career was focused on writing. Her first job at age 17 was with Harper Brothers in Manhattan; her last job before her retirement, at age 81, was as an editor of The Milepost travel guide. She worked in education, tourism, writing and editing. In 1951, she married Rev. John Phillips. Together they served the Episcopal Church in New York, Maine and Alaska. She served for several years as historiographer for the Diocese of Alaska, during which time she produced the commemorative volume "A Century of Faith", she wrote and edited for Alaska magazine, Horizon Publishing, Epicenter Press, Centennial Press and Morris Communications. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her sisters, Marion, Mary and Frances Andrews and Elizabeth Douglas; her brothers, David and Chase Andrews; grandchildren, Lanson Green, Kristin Phillips and Kevin Krause; in-laws Janet Andrews and Hugh Douglas; and nephews, Douglas Andrews and Peter Duffy. She is survived by her four children, Ann Wilson (Craig) of Anchorage, Alaska, Robert Phillips of Moab, Utah, John Phillips (Tammy) of North Pole and Cate Phillips of Kotzebue, Alaska; nieces, Janet Consavage (Lee) Carrie Sturgis (James) and children, Susan Dysko and daughters; nephew, David Andrews Jr. and daughters, Kenneth Andrews (Charmaine); and niece, Susan Andrews. Also 10 grandchildren and their families, Stephen True (Amanda), Michael True (Ngan), Dana Rivera; Dustin Wilson (Tamara ); Kristina Hill, Melissa Coghill (Derrick), Cynthia Shurte, Dana Rutzen (Shawn); Erin Erwin; Loren Phillips; 16 great-grandchildren: and one great-great grandchild; and many other dear friends and relatives across the country. A memorial service will take place on Nov. 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Tritt, James King, Jon Osgood, John Speer, Luke Smith, Carl Jauhola, Matt Hammer and Andy Hall. Carol's ashes will be committed to Frenchman's Bay at Bar Harbor, Maine, and Kachemak Bay at Homer, Alaska. Donations on her behalf can be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters or any other agency dedicated to serving Alaskan Children.
Published by Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 23, 2014.
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We will always remember Carol for her dignity, honesty, and sense of humor and hold her as a model of kindness and generosity. Her stories will live on with us as will her shining spirit. We are grateful we were friends and will always honor her memory.
Sheila and Martin Nickerson, Bellingham, WA
January 26, 2015
I was so sorry to read of Carol's death. She was a dear friend to Norman and to me. My love goes out to her family. She will be missed. She was a great Alaskan.
shelley Gill
November 24, 2014
Ann Wilson
November 20, 2014
I miss you more every day, Mom, and the holidays this year are going to feel so empty without you
Ann Wilson
November 20, 2014
Ann Wilson
November 20, 2014
I miss you so much, Mom.....
Ann Wilson
November 20, 2014
Grandma was such an amazing woman. She took me and Jacob true in when we had no one. I love that woman. She taught me a lot. And I was very blessed to have her 1st great great grandson. Khyler lane true. You will be greatly misse . I wish I could have had a chance to come up so you could meet Khyler. I sure miss you. You were an angel to me then and you are now. Your in gods hand . I love you grandma carol!!!!
khrystal crocker
November 18, 2014
I met Carol when I worked for Denali N.P.& P. ages ago. Over the years, we would meet for coffee or lunch in Anchorage. Carol was so interesting to listen to. Her life story would have made a fascinating book. One thing, in spite of the hardships that sometimes interrupted, she was always positive. Finally, Carol, wherever you are, I know your proofreading antenna are buzzing. Sincerely, Theresa
November 5, 2014
Bonnie Reed and Tim (Reed) Horn of Nenana are sending prayers for the consolation of your hearts as your precious Mother/Grandmother/Great-Grandmother wings her flight.
Tim (Reed) Horn
October 30, 2014
She had this way about her. You knew that if you were her friend, you were important. You sensed that there was something within you that made you a worthy individual. She made you feel that way. I would remember some of her favorite lines," Would you like to join me in a cup of tea? Do you think we'd both fit?" "I'm still coping on Cope Street."
I remember going back to NHS after graduation. She was still the school secretary. She pulled out my student file. There was only one negative statment in that record. I had reported late to a study hall. She opened the file over the trash can and that statement fell into the trash can.
I remember going over to her place and Ann's place, next door, after classes at UAA. It was like a home away from home. Catch you later...
Vern Nusunginya
October 29, 2014
Carol was such a blessing to me during my tenure as administrator of Nenana Schools. She was a secretary's secretary.....always there to add the proper perspective to each and every situation that needed to be addressed. I send a prayer out to her family with my deepest sympathy. Bless you, Carol. Marv Sophusson
Marv Sophusson
October 29, 2014
I remember Carol as a very gracious hostess, even to me as a teenager in her house or on the street. She always asked with genuine concern as to how I was. She always made me feel respected, therefore, I held her in high esteem also. RIP Mrs Phillips...I will always remember your kindness that you spread around so selflessly and honestly...Love you ...
Verniel Burk-Turner
October 29, 2014
Dearest Carol,
You were the light and the rock of strength for so many. I will miss you every day. Without your help the Dr. Schultz record album may never have happened. Thank you for all your kind words of support and advise. I will remember all the wonderful dinners we shared. Your introducing Norman Vaughn to me and the band was a life changing experience for us all.
My deepest condolences to all of Carols large family and her numerous friends. We will never forget you.
John Speer
October 29, 2014
So very sorry for everyone's lose! It's been 20 yrs since I seen her last but she left wonderful memories in my childhood!
Kristy Morgan
October 27, 2014
My mother was the strongest person I know; she will be missed greatly by all of us.
Ann Wilson
October 27, 2014
My grandmother Carol was the light that helped me find my way. I will always love and cherish the memories of her, and share stories of her with my daughter Mykayla. You will live on through us in memory, spirit, and in our hearts forever.

The thought of the future without you weighs heavy on my heart, but as we always talked about, Ngan & I will work to break the cycle and provide a nurturing and caring environment for the True family of tomorrow. Thank you Grandmother..!!!
Michael True
October 27, 2014
I first met Carol Phillips when I was working with Doc "Don" Schultz. Doc loved and respected Carol. and appreciated all of her help in promoting the "Dr. Schultz" Band in the late 1970's. I am proud to have called her a close friend since then.
Col. Norman Vaughan once told me that she had a special soul. He considered her a dear friend.
Matt Hammer
October 27, 2014
We fondly remember Carol from our days in Nenana. She was the school secretary and we appreciated her so very much. She always had a smile, a good word and advise for young teachers. She will always be in our memories.
Larry and Dede Mayfield
October 26, 2014
Carol Phillips is the embodiment of style of Americana dignity that may be lost to coming generations: personally, she was gracious and attentive to every person she met; professionally, her editorial guidance was both direct and warming. I first met Carol while studying journalism at UAF. And, I recall fondly how friends and I ventured the arduous Park's Highway (day and a half trip given the condition of the highway and our little pickups in the early 80s) to submit our typed up stories in hopes that Alaska Magazine might print them, thus furthering our fledgling careers. How warmly Carol welcomed us and how respectfully she considered our work, no matter what dribble we laid on her desk. I'm now an editor for an international project, and Carol still holds the standard for me to obtain - and no doubt for others whose lives she has touched. I am so profoundly grateful to have known her.
Cat Stephenson
October 26, 2014
Some of my happiest childhood memories are of spending time at my Aunt Caroline's homes in Marlboro, NY and Hulls Cove, Maine. I still have vague memories of her graduation from Bard College and her wedding to my Uncle John and her visits with my mother who was her best friend. Caroline was the adventurous member of our family, kind, sympathetic and understanding. I didn't get to see her often since her family's move to Alaska but her rare visits were great treats for my family.
I will miss her calls and notes and wonderful sense of humor. With love to all her family.
Janet Consavage
janet consavage
October 25, 2014
Condolences to Carol's family and friends. She is missed.
Connie Huff
October 24, 2014
Carol, Father John, and all the "kids" were very much loved by all of Nenana and especially my family and our parents Winnie and Eli.
With prayers for the family,
Clare Charlie, Las Vegas
October 24, 2014
Very nice lady, I remember her in Nenana at the church. It was always a pleasure to see her. Prayers for the family.
Aggie (Lord) Britt
October 24, 2014
Amazing woman. Always made time for a visit when either of us were in Anchorage or Fairbanks. Many wonderful stories of her life in Alaska that she would share, especially the early days and the people she had met. Amazing how active Carol was. An inspiration. Thank you for everything Carol.
art cook
October 24, 2014
We mourn the loss of a valued friend ...many wonderful memories. Byron and Billie Birdsall
October 23, 2014
With heartfelt condolences, thinking of each of you. I feel fortunate that I was able to meet and spend time with Carol at Phillips Studio and Gallery recently. I enjoyed her and her stories. Sending hugs to her family.
Becky Anderson
October 23, 2014
To the Phillips "kids". I remember your mother well and was very fond of her, she was such a nice lady.
Wanda Charlie
October 23, 2014
missing you carol, you were a big part of our family for a long time.
memories of holidays, summer pig roasts, birthdays, you always found time to fly or drive into Fairbanks from Anchorage to spend with our family, we will never forget those great laughs and loving moments with you.
Billie Cook
October 23, 2014
Am missing Carol, she has been a great friend for the past 8 years. Remember many a meal shared at Doriola's where I met her. Also remember with fondness a 4th of July trip to Whittier, what a day.
Janet Hickok
October 23, 2014
Carol was a wonderful person to know and to have worked with since the late 70's. We worked together while helping found the Alaska SIDS chapter and remained friends. Though we only ran into each other on occasion the last few years. It was always like we has just picked up the conversation that we had left off. She was a beautiful person and my deepest sympathies to her entire family and to Cate that I also knew. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Fred Witzleben
October 23, 2014
John, Ann, Robert & Cate, words will never say what we hope you already know - how much your mother meant to us. She was a true friend & will forever be part of our lives. It is most fitting that she be laid to rest by Homer & the East Coast, places she always held in her heart. Our thoughts & prayers go with all of you. Peace
Carl & Gerrie Jauhola
October 23, 2014
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Carol's family. The loss of such a loved one is very painful. May you find comfort in your treasured memories and in drawing close to God in prayer.
Psalm 66:19,20
October 23, 2014
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