Sylvia ‘Sally’ Phillips

Sylvia Faye �Sally� Phillips passed on from this life on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 in Fort Worth, TX.  Sally was born on Dec. 12, 1937, to Henry and Hilda Benson in Vermillion, where she grew up.  She attended the University of South Dakota, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, graduating in 1960.  She and three of her sorority sisters moved to Garden Grove, CA, where they had contracts to teach.

On May 4, 1962, she married her husband Billy G Phillips.  They had three children.  Her husband was a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps.  They retired from the Marine Corps at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA in 1988.  After retirement, they moved to Arlington where they became involved in many volunteer activities in the Metroplex.  In 1992 she and her husband became volunteers for the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, work which continued to the present.

Sally was a member of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington and participated in many church activities.

Sally was a wonderful, loving wife and mother to her family and caring, compassionate friend to everyone she met.  She was a gracious, classy lady who could make anyone feel better just by meeting them and treating them with her special kind of friendliness and concern.  She will be greatly missed by everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Colonel Billy Phillips U.S.M.C (Ret); he son,  Major Jim Phillips (Ret) and daughter-in-law Misty Phillips; her daughters, Andrea Lynn Phillips and Teresa Ann �Teri� Phillips; granddaughter, Stephanie and grandson, JC.  She is also survived by her sister, Adelaide Benson Stevenson.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Burdette �Bud� Benson.

The funeral was 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington, TX, with Dr. Will Cotton officiating.  Interment was 1:15 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.

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