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Obituary for Laura Ann Phillips

Family and friends will pay tribute to the life of Laura Ann Phillips (age 91) of Smyrna, GA on Saturday, April 8th @ 3:00 pm - Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta. She was born in a sod house on a 40-acre tract in Bison, SD that her parents Lorence and Gladys Deuschle, homesteaded. One of the joys of her life was to have grown up in a simple time ~ in a small town with big family. In blinding snow storms, one of her favorite stories was of being taken to school in a horse drawn wagon - by a horse who ‘just knew the way’.
During her school years, Laura was an exemplary student, trumpet player, point guard and began teaching Sunday School at the age of 14. She met and married sailor Marvin Phillips, in San Diego CA, where she attended business college during WWII. Being a southern boy, he settled in Cobb County, GA where he went to work for Lockheed and they raised 5 kids; Stevan (Guffey, CO), Allan (& Cheryl, Pinos Altos, NM), Tommy (Winder, GA), Bill (& Jill, Smyrna, GA), Liz Prather (& Michael, Marietta, GA)….She is survived by one younger sister, Evonne Sullivan (WA).
Laura was an incredible mother, homemaker and caregiver. As a strong Christian, she taught Women’s Bible Studies for years and became the first woman Elder @ Calvary Presbyterian Church in Marietta, GA. One of her many ministries was helping to provide daycare for infants, which enabled young mothers to stay in school and earn their high school diploma. She was a very talented and respected ICU Ward Secretary @ Cobb Hospital for 17 years prior to her retirement.
She was affectionately known as ‘Mema’ to her 13 grandchildren, 20 greatgrandchildren, neighborhood ‘grandchildren’ on Lakeshore Drive….and was always interested in ‘your story’. Anyone who met Laura would describe her as one of the most humble people ever…who just made you want to be a better person.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to www.campfirefly.com , a ministry that provides celebratory experiences for families and children with terminal cancer.


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Visitation

Friday

7

Apr

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Service

Saturday

8

Apr

3:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Graveside

Saturday

8

Apr

4:00 PM
Cheatham Hill Memorial Park

1861 Dallas Highwat
Marietta, GEORGIA 30064

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