Stella Ruth Phillips, 69, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and friend, departed this life Sept. 2, 2001, at her home in Canon City. A member of the Territorial Daughters of Colorado, Mrs. Phillips was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Steamboat Springs. She graduated Yampa High School in 1949 and married Lawrence M. Phillips June 19, 1949, at the Yampa Bible Church. She lived in Yampa for 25 years and worked at the Yampa Post Office before moving to Canon City in 1957. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Canon City. Over the years she served as Sunday School teacher, Royal Ambassadors instructor, Sunday School Secretary and Prayer Chain chairperson. She worked as secretary/treasurer for Canon Fire Equipment for 37 years. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Davis Woodcock and Ruth Rebekah Woodcock, both of Yampa. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; five
children Kathi (Larry) Kuretich of Winnemucca, Nevada, Tim (Lorrie) Phillips of Canon City, Janet (Cecil) Freeman of Texas Creek, Jolene (Mark) Willsey of Centennial, and Darlene (Dana) Whitlock of Canon City; eight grandchildren, Michael Phillips of Decatur, Ala., Kristi (Brian) Mergen of Florence, Cassandra Kuretich of Winnemucca, Nev., Jenny Phillips of Canon City, Kestra Kuretich of Winnemucca, Nev., Stefanie Collins, David Barbosa, Steven Phillips, all
of Canon City; four siblings, James (Patricia) Woodcock of Yampa, Darlyne Irwin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Robert (Nina) Woodcock of Westminster, Ronald (Pat) Woodcock of Bullhead City, Arizona; and brother-and sister-in-law, Floyd and Virginia Phillips of Sunnyvale, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral services were held Sept. 6, 2001, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Canon City. Interment Mountain Vale Memorial Park in Canon City.