Delia W. PhillipsNovember 20,2012Delia W. Phillips
Delia W. Phillips, 89, died November 17, 2012, at Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Rutland, Vt. Mrs. Phillips was postmaster in Florence from 1955 until 1988. Following her retirement from the Postal Service, she moved to Rutland where she was an RSVP volunteer appearing as Dee Dee the Clown in schools and elder care facilities in the area. This resulted in her receiving the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Community Service in 2000, with Governor Howard Dean noting “Her clowning talents have gone to libraries, homes for elders and people with disabilities as well as over 200 kindergarteners and preschoolers each year for 15 years.”
She was a lifetime member of the Marble Chapter #80 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of First Baptist Church of Rutland where she taught Sunday school until recently. She enjoyed participating in the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Peer Assisted Learning Support Group (PALS) after her eyesight deteriorated.
Mrs. Phillips was born October 25, 1923, in Diamond Point, N.Y., the daughter of George L. Walker and Amy (Hopper) Walker. After attending schools in Fair Haven, she graduated from Castleton Normal School in 1943 and was employed as teacher at the Caverly Preventorium in Pittsford. Following her marriage to Sanford Phillips in 1944, they farmed in Pittsford and later in Florence. Sanford died in 1986. Delia was also predeceased by two brothers, Freemont Walker and Charles Walker. She is survived by a sister, Hope Walker of Rutland; a daughter, Erma Rowe and her husband Roger of Pittsford; two sons, George Phillips and his wife Betty of Randolph and Henry Phillips and his wife Dianne of Oakland, Calif.; and by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours.
A memorial service to celebrate Delia’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Pittsford Congregational Church in Pittsford, immediately followed by a reception downstairs in the church fellowship hall.
Burial will be at the family’s convenience in Evergreen Cemetery in Pittsford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Rutland, 81 Center St., Rutland, VT 05701; or Rutland Health Foundation, RAVNA & Hospice, 433 West St., Rutland, VT 05701.
Barnard Funeral Home in Pittsford is handling arrangements.
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