OBITUARY

Beatrice Ann Phillips

April 22, 1943December 28, 2018

Beatrice Ann Phillips, age 75, went to be with the lord and was surrounded with love from her daughter and dear friend Joe, on Friday, December 28, 2018, at Holyoke Medical Center in Holyoke Massachusetts, after a brief illness. She was born on April 22, 1943 in South Berwick, Maine, the youngest of four children born to James and Dorothy (Ladd) Trask. As a young girl she was a member of Rainbow for Girls. She was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy and completed the Licensed Practical Nursing Program of Windham Regional Technical School in 1964. She worked a brief time at Backus Hospital before caring for patients at Summit Nursing Home in Griswold, CT.

She married Harley Phillips in July of 1965. Together they had three children, enjoyed camping and playing bingo together. She enjoyed caring for her children and was a boy scout den mother for many years. Later in life she worked at St Joseph's Living Center in Windham, CT before retiring from nursing. She worked at Mohegan Sun as a slot cashier after the death of her husband. She was active in her church, becoming a member of the knitting club and Sophie's Children. Bea enjoyed her grandchildren and was very close to her granddaughters and her great granddaughters, spending lots of time care for them both, helping their mom’s with childcare. Bea enjoyed singing and was an active member of church choirs, both at Preston City Congregational Church Choirs and Christ United Methodist Church in Florence, MA.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Tammy Phillips of Springfield MA, and sons James (Diane) Phillips of Ledyard CT and Mark (Rachel) Phillips of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has five grandchildren, Beth-Ann Phillips of Springfield MA, Jacob, Jonathon (Kara), and Hiedi Phillips of CT, and Devlin Phillips of Virginia. She has two very beloved great granddaughters, Natalia Phillips of CT and Harlee Phillips of MA. She is also survived by her loving brother James Trask of Griswold CT, and a sister Shirley Loomis of Florida. Bea is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother in law Dottie (John) Girard, Sister-in law Diane Trask, and Brother in law Stephen Loomis. She is also joins her grandson Lincoln Phillips in heaven, and a several nephews, gone too soon.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday January 2, 2019, at Church and Allen on 136 Sachem Street, Norwich CT from 4pm to 7pm. A celebration of Bea’s life will occur on January 3, 2019 at Preston City Congregational Church in Preston CT at 11am. A reception will follow in the church hall to reminisce on Bea’s life. There will be a private burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bea’s name to The American Heart Association to help cure heart arrhythmias. A special thanks to the staff at Holyoke Medical Center and Hospice VNA of Holyoke for the love and support provided to Bea, Tammy, Beth-Ann, Harlee and friends and family during this very difficult time.

Services

  • Calling Hours / Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019
REMEMBERING

Beatrice Ann Phillips

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TaWonda Patchkofsky

January 4, 2019

Although we didn't have a lot of time together, I can remember sharing several good laughs about life! You will be missed!

Tammy Phillips

January 1, 2019

Tammy Phillips

January 1, 2019

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Tammy Phillips

January 1, 2019

Beth Haluszka

January 1, 2019

Bea was an amazing person with a quick wit and ready laugh. She was so proud of her family and considered them a gift from God. I considered her friendship a gift from God.

Enjoy your eternal home, my dear.

Patricia Daly

December 31, 2018

Beatrice was my dear friend and partner in crime! I loved and admired her for her ability to live in the present moment with the virtue of hope and trust in GOD. She had an inner strength and confidence . In her quiet way she made things happen for the good of everyone. My friend Beatrice always had a twinkle in her eyes ready for a good hearty laugh. Most of all, she loved her family to bits. Her family loved her and she loved them especially little Harlee. Peace and love to you, dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for your wonderful friendship. Pat Daly

Meri Blanchard

December 31, 2018

We of Sophia's Children will always remember Bea for her grace, her sense of humor, her lovingkindness towards friends as well as family, and her extraordinary and beautiful gifts of needlepoint. We miss her already and trust that she is at peace in the arms of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ. May God bless her family and loved ones who've been left behind as we, too, mourn her passing. Rather let us celebrate Bea's life as she would wish us to do. We were blessed to have her as part of our family of faith and will never forget her.

FROM THE FAMILY