Nancy's Story

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Nancy Ann Phillips, 58, Kokomo, died at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at her home following a courageous battle with ALS. Nancy was born May 22, 1959, the daughter of the late Phillip Arthur and Alice (Duke) Young. On June 27, 1981, at the First Congregational Christian Church she married Ronald Edward Phillips, and he survives.
Nancy was a 1977 graduate of Haworth High School, where she participated in swimming and tennis. She was a 1981 graduate of Ball State University, where she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She chose to be a stay-at-home mother with her children, Holly and Jake, for many years. She was a Daisy Girl Scout leader when Holly was involved with scouting. She coached varsity tennis, swimming and diving and middle school swimming and diving for the Western School System for several years.
She was a lifelong member of The First Congregational Christian Church, where she served as a Christian education director for 11 years. She also served on many church boards/committees and taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, as well as having organized several mission trips.
She had a heart for evangelism and working with the youth. Nancy was an accomplished flautist and often blessed the worship service with a flute solo. She served as the church office manager for five years, retiring about a year ago following her ALS diagnosis. Her life was a testimony to her steadfast Christian faith.
Nancy was a member of PEO, Chapter C. She enjoyed horseback riding and shared this love with her daughter and the youth of the church. She did volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Equiventure, and also served at the Rescue Mission. Whenever there was a need, you could find Nancy stepping up to meet it. She enjoyed traveling and favorite destinations were Ely, Minnesota, and Florida. Nancy enjoyed working out and joining classes with all of her "gym friends" at Club Fitness 24. Nancy's soft-spoken demeanor and laid-back approach endeared her to people of all ages. She will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her husband, Ron Phillips; one daughter, Holly Anne and her husband, Chris Hall, Naperville, Illinois; one son, Jake Edward Phillips, South Bend; one grandson, Noah Phillips Hall; one sister, Rebecca "Becky" Hamilton (Rick), Kokomo; three brothers, John (Sue); David (Michelle); James (Jordana); father and mother-in-law, Dale and Eileen Bohall; brothers-in-law, Carl (Diane) Bohall, and David (Judy) Bohall, along with several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at First Congregational Church, 505 W. Mulberry St., with her brother, Dr. David Young, and Pastor Jon Tice officiating. A private burial will take place at Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Western High School Auditorium, 2600 S. 600 West, Russiaville.
Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy's memory to First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, ALS Foundation, or Carson's Way Scholarship Fund. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on October 24, 2017
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