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Bonnie Phillips

July 28, 2015

Bonnie L. Phillips, 78, lifelong resident of Lilly Chapel, entered into her heavenly home Tuesday, July 28, 2015 after a short, courageous fight with cancer surrounded by her loving family at her bedside in the home that she loved.
Born on June 8, 1937 to Wilson and Martha (Martin) McGlaughlin whom precede her in death, along with beloved sister, Judith Ann McGlaughlin; brother-in-laws, Bill Kessler and Vincent Sheehan; in-laws, Elcid and Thelma Phillips; nephew, Philip Kessler; and great-niece, Amanda Eckard.
Survived by loving husband, Donald Phillips whom she married on July 24, 1955 in the Lilly Chapel Methodist Church; daughter, Sandy (Herbie) Bowshier and son, Dick Phillips; granddaughters, Shannon Bowshier (Rick Pandy), Ashley (JD) Nelson; grandson, Seth and Jordan Anne Phillips; great-grandchildren, Cameron Dennehy and Ava Nelson; sisters, Peggy Kessler and Janet Sheehan; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved and adored; “Woody” the toy black poodle that she disliked so much she loved; and to a countless number of family and friends.
Known as “Grandma Bonnie” to a wide range of kids, teens and adults and as “Bon Bon” to her friends at Tri-Green Interstate Equipment.
Graduate of Fairfield High School Class of 1955, former Fairfield Elementary School librarian, former Madison County 4-H advisor, member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Lilly Chapel, employee of Tri-Green Interstate Equipment Auction missing only one month’s sale in 29 years.
Matriarch of the Phillips/Bowshier household in which she took pride in providing a well kept house along with a home cooked meal on the table. She was the central station of all information in the Fairfield Township area channeling through her phone at the kitchen bar. She not only was a wonderful, hardworking wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandma but was such a blessing to vast numbers of family and friends. Bonnie was honest, truthful, a straight talker, always concerned with others. She loved her family dearly and especially cherished great-grandson Cameron who was her special sidekick buddy. She had work ethics like none other and could work circles around people a fraction of her age, quick witted. Her door was open 24/7 and the coffeepot always full and hot. She has shared lots of laughter and good times along with tears and heartache over the years but stayed true to her faith and kept the family lovingly together.
When the seriousness of her illness was apparent, she was blessed beyond imagination achieving her final wishes by celebrating her 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends only four days prior to her passing and with the love and support of family and friends was able to make it home an hour before passing.
The family would like to thank the Jefferson Township EMT’s, Doctors Hospital West staff, Doctors Anderson and Yatta, staff at Hobbs Oncology, Loving Care Hospice and Home Health for all the love and support shown to them through the aides, nurses and therapists, and especially Hospice nurses Sandy Richardson and Kelli Hughes, also to Pastor Jon Osmundson for his visits, prayers and support during this swift, difficult time.
The family carried out her final wishes of cremation and welcome family and friends at the farm at 4036 West Jefferson-Kiousville Road, London, Ohio, for a memorial celebration at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to Loving Care Hospice and Home Health, P.O. Box 445, London, OH 43140 or Trinity UMC of Lilly Chapel, 8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Road, London, OH 43140.
1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
In charge of arrangements is Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, 1355 W. Wain St., West Jefferson.
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