Jeanne B. (Spencer) Phillips, age 69, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Winchester Hospital.
Jeanne was born in Woburn, MA, on October 10, 1941, she was the dear daughter of the late Robert and Celeste (Dickie) Spencer.
Jeanne grew up in the Pinehurst Section of Billerica and moved to Woburn as a young girl. She was educated in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School.
Jeanne married her “Navy Man” Zora A. Phillips on December 4, 1960, Zora and Jeanne traveled all over the United States during his enlistment. When Zora retired from the Navy after 20 years the family settled in Wilmington in 1971. Jeanne and Zora had a wonderful life together, although they shared only 17 years of marriage before his untimely passing in 1978, they raised five children and created many great memories.
Jeanne was very proud of her husband’s service to the country, she too took pride in her civil duty and was an active member of the V. F. W.’s Women’s Auxillary for many years.
Jeanne was a wonderful woman, she was very devoted to her family, making them her priority. She had an unconditional love for her children, grandchildren, and extended family. She not only raised her children but she was an “awesome” grandmother and was considered a “second mother” to many of them. Jeanne loved to go camping in Maine with her family and friends, together they made many memories to share for generations to come.
In her spare time, Jeanne’s hobbies included reading, shopping, and attending her weekly “Stitch & Bitch” Group with her sisters and her aunt. There the ladies would make baby sets, blankets, and vent to each other, they were actually very talented and enjoyed each others company.
Jeanne will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family, her strength during adversities, and her willingness to help those she loved. She was a very loving and caring person and will be greatly missed.
Jeanne was the beloved wife of the late Zora A. Phillips, devoted mother of Lon Phillips & his wife Debbie of Billerica, Don Phillips & his wife Terri of Tennessee, Tiffeny Rygiel & her late husband David of Wilmington, the late Celeste “C.C.” Miller & her husband Brian of New Hampshire, and the late Matthew Phillips & his wife Melissa, loving grandmother of Dale Vaillancourt, Lon Phillips, Jr., Bonnie Phillips, Katherine Phillips, Ryan Phillips, Jeanne Rygiel, Shelbi Rygiel, Zorah Rygiel, David Rygiel, Jr., Ashley Rygiel, Kayla Miller, Nicholas Miller, Shawn Miller, Cody Miller, Sarah Fraser, Candice Phillips-Cyr, Courtney Phillips, and great-granddaughters Madison, Sofia, and Evangelynn, sister of Robert Spencer & his wife June of Wilmington, Philip Spencer & his wife Peggy of No. Reading, Celeste Garrity & her husband George, Dorothy Brown & her husband Ed, Christine Nagle, and Lucy Nagle all of Woburn, Cathy Tillotson & her husband George of Indiana, Patrick Spencer & his wife Barbara of New Hampshire, and the late George Spencer & his wife Lee of Burlington, Jeanne is also survived by her loving aunt Doris Scuturio of Pinehurst as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, March 30th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Tuesday, March 29th from 4-7 p.m.