Bonnie Phillips passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour with her family by her side as she peacefully ended several years of progressive failing health.
Born Oct. 12, 1930, in North Vernon, she was the daughter of Clifford Little and Helen Yeager Little Reed, both of whom preceded her in death.
She grew up in the family house on Stockwell Street in North Vernon. After graduating from North Vernon High School in 1948, she started working at local establishments. On Dec. 31, 1948, she married Edward Phillips and remained married to him until his death in 1991.
While raising a family, she worked at various local restaurants, Arvin Industries, ITT Thompson and Delta Faucet. She retired from Delta Faucet in 1992.
Bonnie was a lifelong resident of North Vernon with the majority of her life at her home on Summit Street between 1953 and 2012.
Her life involved great memories of family weekend camping, driving vacations to more than 40 states, traveling to multiple national landmarks and spending time with her family. Bonnie always looked forward to family gatherings with all of the extended family. She enjoyed traveling and family.
She was involved with North Vernon Red Hat Society, North Vernon Senior Center and other local senior citizen groups during her retirement years in North Vernon. Her family has been longtime attendees of First Church of the Nazarene in North Vernon.
Survivors include five children, Sheryl (Mike) Newkirk of Seymour, Linda Harris of Paris Crossing, Bonita (Clarence) Gordon of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jerry (Monica) Phillips of Indianapolis and Tom (Annette) Phillips of Upland, California; 12 grandchildren, Scott Newkirk, Stephanie Vaughn, Lindsay Webb, Sean Webb, Nicki Harris, Matthew Gordon, Johnathan Gordon, Mark Gordon, Sarah Phillips, Benjamin Phillips, Andrea Phillips and Alyssa Phillips; four great-grandchildren, Chance Newkirk, Mackenzie Newkirk, Austin Vaughn and Mason Vaughn; sister, Sharan Woodson of North Vernon; and two sisters-in-law, Violet Phillips of North Vernon and Edith Phillips of Dayton, Ohio.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Clifford (Bud) Little, Maxine Burnett and John Little; and a son, Larry Edward Phillips.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene in North Vernon with the Rev. Jim Terry officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery in Vernon.
Memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene or Lutheran Community Home.
Online condolences may be made at dovesharprudicel.com.