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OBITUARY

Phillis Ann Harris-Brooks

November 23, 1951February 3, 2020
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Phillis was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1951 to Ralph Harris and Irene Lankford. She attended several primary schools and graduated from Washington, D.C.’s Sacred Heart Academy in 1969. Phillis continued her education at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico for a year, until her first son Michael was born. Following a short period in San Jose, California, Phillis enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 1972. After completing her training, she was assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base, NY, followed by an assignment to Karamursel Air Station, Turkey, where she met her future husband, Darryl Brooks. She separated honorably from the Air Force in January 1976 and relocated to Anchorage, Alaska.

In December 1978, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she and Darryl were married on February 14, 1979. Their son Marcus was born in July 1980 and, as Darryl remained on active duty, they moved several times over the next twenty years: first to North Dakota, followed by Texas, Germany, Texas (again) and finally Denver. While in North Dakota, Phillis juggled life as a full-time mother and full-time student until she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with Cum Laude honors. Phillis was an accountant by training, and from 1998 to 2014, she worked for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Department of the Interior, from which she retired in February 2014. While working full-time, she still managed to earn a Master’s Degree from Regis University.

Phillis loved to travel and took full advantage of living in Germany to visit most of Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Holy Land. Her favorite spots to visit were Paris, Rome and the Holy Land as well as a trip to Saudi Arabia to visit her son Michael and his family. Wherever she went she impacted the lives of many, as a friend, mentor, advisor and spiritual sister in Christ. Phillis was tireless in her devotion to helping others. She helped establish a St. Vincent de Paul hotline that provides assistance in various forms to people in times of need, plus she served as Vice President of the Society. Phillis also volunteered time to the Catholic Charities school supply drive for the St. Ignatius Loyola parish. She was a member of the Cure D’Ars parish’s Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver. Later, she became a member and Grand Lady of the Ladies Auxiliary at St. Ignatius Loyola. In addition, Phillis was an instructor for Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). She looked for opportunities to help and to assist others in their growth. In short, Phillis lived her faith.

In addition to her volunteer work with the church, Phillis also loved to craft handmade soap, she was a voracious reader plus she loved making cards and stamping.

Phillis’ father Ralph, mother Irene, brother Carl, and sister Annette all passed on before her. She is survived by husband Darryl, sons Michael and Marcus, stepmother Emma Jones, brothers Sam, Patrick, Angelo and Anthony, sisters Monica, Jean, Brenda and Sandra, grandchildren Aiden and Mikayla and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws, all of whom hold her in the highest regard and will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to a charitable organization such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charites (Archdiocese of Denver), Smile Train, Denver Rescue Mission, American Red Cross. That's just a few of the organizations whose mission and work she supported.

Services

  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  • Repast

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Monica Harris

February 14, 2020

Monica Harris

February 14, 2020

D L

February 12, 2020

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Darryl, Michael, Marcus and all of Ms. Phyllis's extended family...

For me, her laugh will be what I treasure most as a memory of this fine lady.

Simply stated, she was a blessing in my life...

Her light and life in Christ will forever live within the souls she had the opportunity to touch.

Fred Norman, Jr.

February 11, 2020

Darlene and Fred Norman, Jr.

The world is a little less kind!


Monica Harris

February 10, 2020

Phillis is my big sister. I have so many fond memories of her. We would hold hands walking during our outings. I loved being with her she made me feel safe. One particular time in 1968 during the riots in Washington, DC we were walking down Rhode Island Avenue. The National Guard was out with guns drawn on what seemed like every rooftop. She knew I was afraid, and she calmly said Monica don’t look up. It’s going to be alright. I was so frightened, but she was right everything was okay, and we made it home safely.
Love you sis will miss your calls, text messages, cards, and your laughter. Thank you so much for being who you are. Thank you for listening and offering advice. Thank you the most for your love which I hold in my heart.
I am comforted because I know you are in heaven. Enjoy your stay till we meet again.
Sisters forever,
Monica

Emma Jones

February 10, 2020

Phillis and I met when she was the tender age of five. I was happy to add her to our family. We developed a loving mother daughter relationship. It was my pleasure to care for her. At the same time, she added so much love to our lives. Always kind and willing to help with her younger siblings. Phillis took that responsibility very seriously.
Phillis always had a love for books and enjoyed regular visits to the library. Her excellent grades were a reflection of her hard work. It was her goal to do her very best.
You were a great daughter. Always caring about me. I’m greatly indebted to you for your kindness. You knew I enjoyed traveling and rewarded me by taking me abroad to Germany, Paris France, Vienna Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. I am equally grateful for the trips here in the United States.
Rest in peace and know that I love you and will miss you greatly.
Your mother,
Emma Jones



Janine Wilson

February 10, 2020

In Fall 1990, I met Phillis through a friend at a Catholic Convocation in Germany.
Later that day, I shared with her that the community I was supposed to share a room with, was not welcoming to me. They did not know me and they wanted to stay with themselves.
Immediately, she said to me, « Let’s go get your stuff! » She offered me to share her room with the Ramstein Catholic community. That was the beginning of a magical friendship and a nurturing spiritual journey of Faith rooted in Jesus Christ, Mary, Mother of God and the Communion of Saints.
Her countless acts of kindness reflected the essence of her nature for our Humanity. In Fall 1992, I was diagnosed with major depression. Phillis called me from Ramstein, Germany to check on me occasionally in Clayton, N.Y. We were stationed in Fort Drum, New York and my husband was deployed to Somalia.
She is a beautiful soul, a sweet fragrance of Christ to me. She is an active listener, a Teacher. She has a way to make me feel that I belong to her family.
While visiting with me in Texas, we went to Barnes & Nobles. Phillis was telling me the stories of many books we were encountering in the aisles of the Bookstore. It was a delight.
Some of her favorite encouraging words to me whenever I shared something painful were, »No worries, it will work out, Sis, move on! »
Some of what she wrote in texts conversation on Friday were, « Yesterday best day in long time. So grateful for many graces received. Only couple incidents of discomfort while working out. No other pain throughout day. Not quite so fortunate this morning, but still blessed... »
You were an amazing and a phenomenal person, my soul sister. You are unique, special and unforgettable.
Beloved sister, it is comforting to know we will always meet in the Eucharistic prayer each time I go to Mass. I‘ll pray the Rosary with you in the Mystical Body of Christ. I will continue your legacy of respect, kindness and the Mission of Christ. Pray for us!
Janine.

Kathy McGovern

February 8, 2020

Another of Phil's great accomplishments was her graduation from the rigorous Denver Catholic Biblical School. Phil was a true student, and scripture grabbed her by the throat and never let her go. After her graduation she was published in journals on scripture and spirituality, reflecting on the interior lives of biblical characters and on the depths of our lives in Christ.

She was funny, and warm, and smart, and loyal. She is beloved.

Hope Raub

February 7, 2020

Oh my....I met Phillis ONCE in person, in January of 2018. We live near Canton, Ohio and flew out to visit a dying mutual friend, Hilde Fohs . Phillis faithfully visited Hilde and Paul Fohs ( every week I believe) since their daughter, Heidi Fohs, who was a co-worker of Phillis' , passed away from cancer in 2009. We are dear friends of the Fohs family, and used to attend church with them back in the 1980's when we lived in Colorado. Phillis was a ROCK to Hilde after Heidi passed away, and Hilde often talked to me about Phillis' devotion to Heidi . Later, picking up the torch and carrying it for Hilde and Paul, Phillis helped to see to their needs, lending a comforting hand and getting Hilde out to concerts and activities.
When Hilde passed away in 2018 from cancer, Phillis was right there to the end, and then picked up the torch once again, and visited Paul weekly. Paul often told me how much her visits meant to him...their lunches out, their trips to Rocky Mountain National Park....
I hear Phillis was just visiting Paul ( age 90) the day before she died, Paul is a vibrant, active, independent elderly man who treasured her weekly visits. When he called me on Monday to tell me that she passed away, his voice was choked with emotion, and I was at a loss.
Though I only met Phillis once, I felt like I knew her. We texted and called each other several times over the last couple of years, chatting on about our mutual elderly friends. I could tell she was a very, very special person, and I know Paul Fohs will miss her visits very much ! From reading the other memorial tributes on this site, I learned a lot about her. It's obvious that she was one BELOVED child of God !!
Our deepest sympathies to Daryl and all of her extended family,,,,

Hope and Slater Raub
Louisville Ohio

Vicky Michaud

February 6, 2020

I met Phil in the early 90s when we moved into base housing just below Phil and D's apartment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Long story short is her washing machine overflowed and ran down the wall into my room just below. That was the start of one of my most endearing friendships, sharing a cup of tea during visits or via a long distance phone call.
I told Phil one time that the reason I loved her so much, was that she was the best parts of my husband and my mother. I've never met anyone else like her.
Phillis' smile, laughter, and grace will always be held close in my heart. She was truly a most remarkable woman who touched my life completely.
To D, Marc, and Michael, and Phillis' family and friends, I pray for God's mercy and love fold around you and bring you comfort and warm memories.

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