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Susan Phillips



Susan Phillips, 63, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Joplin. She was born on Feb. 11, 1951, in Scranton, Pa., to John William Hall and Helen Rita (O’Hara) Hall.

Early in her life Susan married Larry Richards and together they had a son and daughter. On Oct. 23, 1997, she married James William (Bill) Phillips in Miami, Okla., and he survives of the home.

Susan grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Tunkhannock, Pa., High School. In 1974, the family moved to Iola where she began employment with Dollar General in 1984 quickly moving into management. Through her work she was transferred to Dollar General to El Dorado Springs in 1994. After a couple of years she then relocated to Nevada where she met and married Bill and began working in their office of Phillips Towing and Phillips Auto Sales as bookkeeper and general office manager. In her spare time Susan enjoyed reading and genealogy. But her greatest loves were her children and grandchildren and spending time with Bill.

In addition to her husband Bill, she is survived by four children, Daniel Lawrence Richards (Mandy), Forney, Texas; Dana Michelle Cook (Dylan), Joplin; Ilene Kaye Lanham (Shan), Nevada; and Eric Randall Phillips (Jeri), Nevada; six siblings Beth Parent, Ellen Bullock, Cathy Collins, Judy Abrams, Gene Hall and John Hall; nine grandchildren, Paiton Combs, Landon Richards, Hesston, Colton, McKenna and Mason Whitley, Briannah and Conner Lanham, and Grevyn Phillips. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings, Nancy, Carol, Kenny, Gary, Thomas and William.

Funeral services were this morning at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Pastor Dennis Painter officiating. Interment followed in the Prescott Cemetery, Prescott. Those who wish may contribute in her memory to Vernon County Cancer Relief in care of Ferry Funeral Home.



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