1919 - 2011
Julie Phillips, formerly of Payson, went to God’s loving hands on June 20, 2011 at the age of 92 after her battle with breast and bone cancer.
Born April 14, 1919 to Joseph and Mary (Luksik) Kottyan of Richmond, Ind., she was the fourth oldest of seven siblings.
She and her husband, Robert, moved from Urbana, Ohio to Phoenix in August of 1969 and she worked as a sales associate at Goldwater’s Department Store until she retired.
Mrs. Phillips was a devout member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church. She spent her last seven years of independence in Payson, where she was a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church and the Mystical Rose Society. She was very active in this sodality and was known for her wonderful cinnamon rolls, her contagious laughter, her wit, and her positive view of life.
She was an avid walker, enjoyed reading and loved to play video draw poker. Nothing made her happier than to be in her kitchen cooking or baking one of her specialties to share.
She was also one of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ most dedicated fans.
In 2009 she returned to Urbana, Ohio and lived out her life at Hearth and Home Assisted Living.
“While she will be missed by many, each and every one of the people that touched her life has special memories of Julie that will always be treasured. She was not just our mother, grandmother, sister or aunt; she was our friend, our confidant and our shoulder to lean on in times of trouble,” writes her family.
Her husband Robert and five of her siblings preceded her in death.
Her sister, Irene Clevenger in Richmond, Ind.; sons, Dennis and his wife Jeanette Susan in Urbana; Thomas in Portland, Ore.; and her daughter, Rebecca A. Shocklee in Phoenix survive her. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Heather (Dana) Smith, Holly (Patrick) Kilrain, Heidi (Matt) Suchland, Daniel Phillips, Lisa (William) Poates and Kimberly Shocklee; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
“The world has lost a special person but God’s heaven has been blessed with a special angel,” her family adds.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 231 W. Washington Avenue, Urbana, Ohio 43078.
The family is asking that donations be made in Mrs. Phillips’ name to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078.