Carmen J. Phillips, age 78 years, a resident of Metropolis and a former resident of Vienna, passed away Saturday morning, November 18, 2017, at 6:54 AM at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.
Carmen was born December 29, 1938 in the Ballowe Community (Johnson County) Illinois. She was the fourth of five children born to John and Mildred (Smith) Avery.
On August 18, 1957, Carmen was united in marriage to Philip W. Phillips at the Vienna First United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on October 6, 2007.
Carmen is survived by: her children – Stephen W. (his wife, Helen) Phillips of Naperville and Vicki L. (Chris) Bristol of Henderson, Nevada; 7 grandchildren – Derick Eugene Bristol, Chad Arthur Bristol, Shawn Everett Bristol, Jeremy James Bristol, Dylan Avery Bristol, Lauren Marie Phillips, and Hunter Wayland Phillips; 3 great grandchildren; a brother – Richard (his wife, Hannah) Avery of Killeen, Texas, a sister – Rosalie (her husband, J.W.) Hand of Vienna; sisters-in-law – Mary Lou Avery of Vienna and the former Carol (nee Skinner) White of Buncombe; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Carmen was preceded in death by: an infant grandson – Corey Wayland Bristol; 2 brothers – James Avery and Danny Joe Avery; and her father-in-law & mother-in-law – Brose & Elsie Phillips who formerly resided in Harrisburg.
Carmen was a 1957 graduate of Vienna High School. She was a homemaker and had formerly worked as a retail sales clerk.
Carmen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vienna. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping. Carmen also cared for a number of beloved canine companions through the years, including, most recently, “Abbie.”
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, November 25, 2017, at 10 AM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Dr. Ed Hollis will officiate. Burial will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery.
Visitation will be conducted Friday evening, November 24, 2017, from 5 PM – 8 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
The preferred form of remembrance would be donations to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 727, Vienna, IL 62995.