June 14, 2012
ROSEMARY HELEN SCHENK PHILLIPS
(8/13/1915 - 5/18/2012)
Rosemary Phillips, 96, passed away Saturday morning, May 19, 2012, in DeLand, FL. She was born at home in rural Scotland County, northwest of Memphis, on August 13, 1915, the youngest of the three children of Anna (Schafer) Schenk and David Schenk. She married Woodrow Jackson Phillips on October 30, 1938, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Woody preceded her in death, as did her sister, Esther Marie Schenk (Russell) Burr of Upland, CA, and her brother, Paul Schafer (Ruby Lou) Schenk, of Memphis. Rosemary and Woody had lived at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Retirement Community in DeLand for the past 22 years.
Three children were born to their union who all survive: Gretchen Sue Phillips (Milt) Tyrrell, Elkhart, IN; Wendell Jackson (Grace, deceased) Phillips, Sanford, FL; and C. David (Judy) Phillips, Anchorage, AK; also seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren along with a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rosemary graduated valedictorian of her class at Memphis High, and then attended Chillicothe Business College, Chillicothe, MO, before accepting a secretarial position with the Wilson Meatpacking Company in Chicago at the height of the Great Depression.
After her marriage to Woody, they moved frequently during his career that spanned all five military branches and 22 years in the Service. He retired to attend Bible School for training to become a Pastor, and Rosemary found herself in the role of a Pastor's wife for the next 25 yrs.
One of the highlights of their military years was the year and a half spent on the island of Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas, in the shipping lanes of the Gulf of Mexico 70 miles from Key West and 90 miles from Cuba where her husband was a Coast Guard lighthouse keeper before WWII broke out.
A highlight of their pastoral years was living through the 1964 Alaskan earthquake that struck just south of Anchorage and caused a subsequent tsunami that wiped out much of Kodiak, Alaska, where they were ministering at the time.
Rosemary accepted Christ as her Savior at a church in Denbigh, VA, and from that time she loved to sing whether at home or in church. She could say with the psalmist, "He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." Ps. 40:3. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 18, 2012, at the chapel on the campus of the C&MA retirement community in DeLand, FL. Burial will be in the DeLand Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Gideons International.