Rhoda Marie ("Marie") Philips

November 29, 1923 ~ January 20, 2013




Rhoda Marie ("Marie") Philips, 89, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013.

She was born November 29, 1923 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to the late Myrtle (Hunt) Lynn and Clifford Lynn.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Richard Philips; her beloved sisters, Florence Bellis, Irene Baxter and Dorothy Robb, and brothers, Don Lynn, Elwynn Lynn and Howard Lynn.

She is survived by two cherished children, son, D. Richard Philips of Butler, and daughter, Janice (Ralph) Staggers of Butler; two sisters, Joann Biernesser of Allison Park, PA and Helen Thomas of Vancouver, WA; brother, Arthur "Mike" Lynn of Butler, PA; five grandchildren, Dawn (Mark) Caudill of Butler, Craig (Linda) Philips of Butler, Aimee (Jim) Cestrone of Butler, Melissa (Doug) Hodinko of Cannonsburg, PA, and Sydney (Bill) Webb of Morgantown, WV; six great-grandchildren, Blake, Korey and Brooke Caudill, Paige and Zane Cestrone and Hayden Hodinko; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Marie was a homemaker and a life-long active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Butler, where she diligently served on many of its committees, and taught Sunday School and Bible School for over 25 years.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Chapter 45), having served as Worthy Matron.

Marie will best be remembered as a kind-hearted, compassionate and upstanding person who faithfully strived to live her life according to the teachings of the Bible. She was a devout Lutheran who loved her church, as well as reading and studying scripture. Her kindness and devotion to the Lord serve as an example to those who knew her. She also loved children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lowrie House and Amedisys Home Health Care

Friends will be received Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (Noon) p.m. at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 E. North Street, Butler, PA 16001. Funeral services will be held following at 12:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 Sunset Drive, Butler, PA 16001 with Pastor Joel Benson, officiating.

Burial will take place in the Butler County Memorial Park.




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