Betty L. Phillips

Betty L. Phillips

Betty passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Meadow Woods Nursing Home in Bloomindale.

She was born January 1, 1923 in Valparaiso, Indiana the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Catherman) Burroughs. Betty graduated from Otsego High School in 1941. Later that same year on August 10 in Allegan she married Lester Phillips. Betty had worked for the Allegan County Intermediate School District for 25 years as a teacher’s aide in the Special Education Department until her retirement in 1984. After her retirement she traveled across the US and enjoyed spending her summers camping at Selkirk Lake in Shelbyville. In her spare time Betty loved reading, playing cards, golfing and bingo.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Linda) Phillips of AZ, James (Judy) Phillips of Kalamazoo, Michael (Linda) Phillips of Gobles, Terry (Gloria) Phillips of Allegan and Thomas (Karen) Phillips of Plainwell, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with her sister-in-law, Joan Burroughs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lester in 1989, son, Ronald Phillips in 2008 and brothers, Orrin “Tex” Burroughs in 1992 and Robert Burroughs in 2015.

Friends may visit with Betty’s family starting at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Jim Davis officiating.

Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta on a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Betty may be made to Great Lakes Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202.

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  1. Terry & Marilyn Thompson says:

    We are very sorry for your loss.

  2. Bob Miles says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Betty and Les raised some fine sons, which they were proud of, as they well should have been.

  3. Chuck & Janet Johnson. Selkirk Lake, also worked w/ Betty says:

    Sorry for your loss. Boys she talked about all of her family all the time. One great person .

  4. Tom and Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  5. Maryln Langeance says:

    Sorry for your loss. She raised some pretty great kids. Bob, I will be out of town this week-end or would have stopped in. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Pam Sebright says:

    So sorry to hear about Betty’s passing….I worked with her for many of the years she worked at the ISD and Development Center. She always had a great sense of humor but didn’t hesitate to keep the ship running…with all you boys she knew how to get after someone! We sure missed her when she retired. God Bless your family.

  7. Sue Higgs says:

    Bob my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. She was a great lady. I camped next to her at Selkirk Lake a couple of years so that is how I met her. Sorry to not be able to see you but I will be working until 2 so can’t get there in time. I would like to have made contact with you.

  8. Kay Sage Knitter says:

    So sorry to hear about Betty’s passing. Brings back many fond memories of days gone by. With sympathy and prayer, The Sage family

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