Mount Vernon News
  • Norma J. Phillips

  • April 9, 2011

MOUNT VERNON — Norma Jean (Burson) Phillips was born Dec. 28, 1929, in Belleville to Alva and Alice Burson. She was known as Jeannie to her family and friends, and lived most of her life in Mount Vernon. She retired to Fredericktown with her husband, Dale, who predeceased her in 2006. They were married for 59 years.

She can best be described as a caregiver and supportive parent and grandparent. She cared for her husband the last 25 years of his life. She took great joy in providing support for her children as they raised their young families. She did it all, from putting grandsons on buses in the early morning hours to providing a fun weekend outing for her grandchildren, and at the same time, a much appreciated night out for her children.

She stayed actively interested in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives and loved to receive calls and cards with the latest news and photos as they began their lives’ adventures. She enjoyed summer vacations in Michigan and a few trips to Florida, but as an avid reader she made many exotic journeys all over the world. Jean always had a kind word for everyone and would lend a helping hand and aid when it was needed.

She will be missed but warmly remembered for the example she was of a person who lived her life honorably, in service to others, and maintained an optimistic attitude when faced with many of life’s challenges.

Jean is survived by her children, Dennis (Susan) Phillips, Diane Phillips and Karen (Patrick) McLarnan; her grandchildren, Chris Watters, Jason (Wendi) Phillips, Nicole (Tony) Schulte, Aaron Phillips, John (Emilee) McLarnan and Seth Wells; and great-grandchildren, Kyle Schulte, Abbie Phillips, Nicholas Schulte, Kaitlyn Schulte and Maria Schulte. Her siblings that survive are Margie Swank and Janet Page.

She was predeceased by brothers, Stan Burson, Douglas Burson and Duane Burson.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 12, at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown beginning at 11 a.m. The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Norma Jean Phillips.

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