Mrs. Marilinda Phillips passed away peacefully on August 15th at Hill View Assisted Living in Graceville, FL. She was 87 years young.
Marilinda was born in Buffalo, NY., June 24th 1934. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Gladys Williams. Marilinda grew up in Tampa and graduated from Hillsborough High School. She graduated from Florida Southern College in 1956 with a degree in teaching. She married the love of her life, Jerry, in 1970. She and Jerry moved to Homes County in 1971. She taught kindergarten for 33 years. Teaching first at Poplar Springs and later at Bonifay Elementary School. She loved her family, teaching and kids, as well as the ocean and beachcombing for shells and other treasures. She was a longtime member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She had a beautiful smile and great sense of humor. She was a fantastic cook and was always up for an adventure or trying something new.
She is survived by 4 children; Gary(Linda) Phillips of Kathleen, GA.; Bruce(Pam) Thornberry of Sterling, VA.; Linda(Wally) Bradley of Graceville, FL.; and Tim(Monica) Phillips of Lynn Haven, FL., Eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her “Honey” of 50 years, Jerry Phillips.
A graveside service will be held Friday, August 20 at 11:00 am at the Marvin Chapel Cemetery in Graceville with Bro. Larry Newton officiating, James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hill View Assisted Living, Emerald Coast Hospice, and Dr. John Byrd for the exceptional love and care that was given to our mom and Meema. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all that knew her.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in her name is asked to consider donating to Emerald Coast Hospice in Chipley, FL or Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Slocomb, AL.
Expressions of remembrances and sympathy can be made at www.jamesandlipford.com