Covell Funeral Home


Naomi "Dolly" Phillips

November 20, 1924December 18, 2020

On Friday December 18, 2020, Naomi Rachel Phillips died at age 96 in her longtime home in Buckley, Michigan. She was surrounded by her family and loved ones as she passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord while her granddaughter played hymns on the piano.

Naomi, known to all who loved her as “Dolly”, was born November 20, 1924, in Wayne, Michigan to Henry and Edith (Stenning) Hoath. Dolly was saved at the age of 8 and spent her life dedicated to the love of Christ and sharing the gospel with anyone and everyone she spoke to. In 1942, she married Arthur Phillips and they had five children: Bryan, Gay, Mark, Bethany, and Daniel.

The simple pleasures of life brought joy to Dolly. She enjoyed watching birds, working in her garden, and teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to knit and crochet. She kept busy with sewing, ceramics and needlework. She was best known for her frugality, her hard work ethic and her love and loyalty to her family. She affectionately called her family and extended family “my people” and she was dearly loved by them.

Dolly is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur and son, Bryan. She is survived by her children, Gay (Michael) Okon, Mark Phillips, Bethany Gaylord, and Daniel (Laurie) Phillips, and by her brother, Ivan Hoath Sr. Her descendants include twenty-two grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren and twenty-four great-great-grandchildren, as well as countless nieces, nephews and cousins that were dear to her. She had many lifelong friends.

Visitation and funeral services are being held on Wednesday, December 23 at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley and will be officiated by Mr. Stuart Thompson and Mr. Jon Slabaugh of Sherman Gospel Hall, Buckley Michigan. Dolly Phillips will be laid to rest in May at Grant Township Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020



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Mary Lou Krauss (Lipke)

December 25, 2020

Mama to me always made me feel welcome when I stayed at their house
Her daughter Bethany was my friend. My sister Lynn, married Bryan., her son.
She was always baking Would give apple shavings to me to feed Thunder. Their horse. Love of my life.
Always served carnation milk with coffee. Real country treat.
Off to church we'd go. The younger kids and me.
Had a beautiful Christmas cactus in her window in Belleville. Gave me a clipping I had for years.
So many memories for a city girl who spent summers becomig country
Husband David and I went there many years later. Dave got to meet her. He too thought she was delightful. She had not changed
Loved her. You will be missed Mama 🙏❤️
Mary Lou Krauss (Lipke)

Scott Ritchie

December 23, 2020

This picture is one of many rides made up to Mom and Mike’s to visit Grandma and talk her into a ride around the block. Grandma always said she would go if I didn’t go faster the 25mph.

Lynn Phillips-Hodgman

December 23, 2020

Mama was an elegant lady. She believed she was "A Child of the King." When life got rough she would tell us that. She was a good example for our children to follow. She loved them all!

David Phillips

December 23, 2020

Grandma and I took many walks, in fact miles worth of walks. She was pointing out the different flowers and birds along the way.

Family was very important but most importantly was knowing where you were going after this life has faded...Heaven for those who are Saved !!

Kaitlyn & Hailey Barry

December 22, 2020

Hailey - one of my favorite memories was reading a book to her in her living room. I love that she was my great, great grandmother and I will miss her a lot.

Kaitlyn - my memories are too many to count. I’ve never met a person with as much faith like a child as my Grandma Phillips. I’m so blessed to have known her so closely.

Amy Mooney

December 22, 2020

My favorite memory with grandma was having tea with her homemade apple pie. Grandma showed me the proper way to prepare tea in a ceramic tea pot. “It’s important to put boiling water in the pot first and let it set. Then add the black tea leaves”. We would talk about the Bible and how wonderful heaven is. We all loved her!

Cheryllyn Johnson

December 21, 2020

My beloved grandmother will always be one of the most precious people in my life. I will carry her memory in my heart always.