Another World War II veteran has entered heaven. Doris A. Phillips began her life journey on July 17, 1920, in Bridgewater, Iowa, the daughter of George and Elnora Timmons Dory. Doris entered into her eternal rest on September 7, 2013, at La Villa at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 22 days. Following graduation from Bridgewater High School, Doris joined the Women’s Army Corp in January of 1944 and was sent to North Africa, France, and Italy with the Division Surgeon’s Office. Upon her release from active duty she was employed by several hospitals and was recalled for duty during the Korean Conflict.
Doris met her future husband in North Africa and was married to Earl E. Phillips Jr. in 1947, in Kansas and moved to Lodge Grass, Montana, Atlantic, Iowa and to Roswell in 1960. They celebrated 61 years together until his passing in 2008. Doris retired from 1st Interstate Bank and immediately became a volunteer in several organizations. She was past President of the BPO Does #155, a member of the New Mexico State Defense Force, retiring as major. For many years, she and Earl were very active members of the Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, D.A.V. Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Auxiliary, and a Charter member of Women in Military Service. She was an active member of Assumption Catholic Church.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl and four brothers and three sisters. Those left to cherish her memories include her son Eddie Phillips and wife Sonia, daughter Suzie Van Winkle and husband Richard, grandchildren Matthew Phillips and wife Amanda, Roby Van Winkle and wife Jamie, and Kelli Van Winkle; and two great-grandchildren, Jacoby and Harper Van Winkle; her sister Ruth Oler and brother Paul Dory of Iowa and several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, September 11th, at South Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested any memorial donations be made to the Poor Claire’s or the Roswell Humane Society.
I am Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
“I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.”
“If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.”
“Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.”
Friends may make condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.