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Rosalie Phillips

Rosalie Phillips, age 89, of Carterville, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. at her daughter’s home.

Rosalie was born on August 26, 1930 in Osage, Illinois, the daughter of Leo and Ethel (Grissom) Yates.  She was united in marriage to Charles R. “Chub” Phillips on August 13, 1949 in Piggott, Arkansas and he preceded her in death on January 17, 2003 after 53 years of marriage.  Rosalie worked for many years in dining for student housing at SIU-Carbondale in Lentz Hall.  She loved dancing, working outdoors and cooking Sunday dinners for her family.  Rosalie was of the Pentecostal faith.  She loved her dog, Sissy, but especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Jack (Vikki) Phillips of Bush; her daughter, Charleen (John) Shelton of Carterville; three grandsons, Joe (Dixie) Phillips of Hurst, Shane Watts of Carterville and Joshua Phillips of Bush; four great-grandchildren, Joey Asher, Tori Phillips, Mason Watts and Haven Watts; and her sister-in-law, Carolyn Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers, Charles Ray Yates, Donald Yates and Audrey “Bob” Yates.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Blairsville Cemetery on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Jeff Chism officiating.  Those attending the service are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to SIU School of Medicine’s Simmons Cancer Institute for research on angiosarcoma.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 South 13th Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948.


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