Sally Phillips passed on February 23rd, just shy of her 88th year of a very full life. Born in Santa Rosa, CA on February 28, 1934 she was the youngest of five children to Franklin and Virginia Whitehead. Sally studied criminal law at UC Berkley, and married Carlos Phillips in 1956. As a salesman by trade Carlos and Sally moved the family around the Bay Area to Chicago, St. Louis, Connecticut and finally settled in Cincinnati in 1970. Unfortunately, Carlos died in 1994 at the age of 62 from complications due to early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As a pillar of the family this was a deep blow to everyone.
Sally was proud of her vocation as a “housewife” and she enjoyed spoiling the kids, Kate Davis, Jonathan Phillips and Betsy Needles. Kate attended U of M in 1978 with a degree in Zoology, with Sally following here to Missoula in 1990. She moved to a comfortable home in the Rattlesnake. Jonathan is in the film industry working from his home/studio in New Jersey and has three children, Zachary, Kayla and Arden. Betsy is the owner/ director of Heartland Estate Staffing, with two children, Frankie and Brady. Kate has been running Raptors of the Rockies, in their 35th year of education with live birds, with husband Tom in Florence.
Although largely nocturnal, Sally loved her trips out with Kate and often Betsy, watching Ospreys and falcons from her lawn chair, binoculars around her neck and diet Pepsi in the cupholder. Sally could spot them. She and Kate made several road trips around the west, to Wyoming, Colorado and the Washington Coast, plus the Rocky Mountain Front and Glacier NP. Sally enjoyed old classic movies, figure skating, puzzle games and often tried her hand at solitaire until the wee hours of the night. She and Kate played Jazz CD’s on the old stereo for hours a day, Oscar Peterson her favorite, “Put on O.P.!”
With a wrye sense of humor, smile, good words and a welcome to everyone, Sally will be well missed by all that knew her. Sally Mom, our best friend.
The family would like to thank the excellent staff at St. Patrick Hospital, Riverside Health Care and Hospice of Missoula, saints all.