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Obituary - Lola "June" Phillips


December 22, 2017

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June Phillips

Lola "June" Gibbs was born Feb. 11, 1953, to James and Marie Gibbs in Dodge City, Kansas. Later, June and her family moved to Montana.

In 1973, she met Eneas Victor Phillips, and they were married a short time later on Aug. 4, 1973. They were married for more than 41 years, until Victor's passing in April of 2015. From this marriage, they had two children, Victor and Paul.

June always loved children. Most of her life was spent caring for and teaching children. In their early married years, June and Victor had many foster kids come and go and stay with them in their home. One of these children was Mindy, who they raised and love as their own. June also cared for Mindy's children, Drak-0, Zander, Malaysia, Sonny, Filly, Piper and Riot, as her own. June taught as a para-professional in the special education departments in Eureka, Hardin, and Box Elder Schools. Many of her students remained near and dear to her heart until the end.

In the early '90s, June went back to school and received her Associate of Arts degree in teaching. June also spent more than two decades caring for the developmentally disabled. She worked at Big Sandy Activities until her failing health prevented her from continuing. The ladies at the BSA Women's Home were very special to her. She treated them as her own family.

Lola "June" Gibbs Phillips passed away Dec. 20, 2017, at Big Sandy Medical Center. She was 64.

June is preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie Gibbs (Hammons); her husband, Victor; brothers baby Roy, Charles "C.P." Hammons; sisters Tammy and Bessie Hammons and Allie Gibbs.

She is survived by her children, Victor (Karli) of Big Sandy, Paul (Mikel) of Ronan, Mindy Gravelle, Drak-0 and Zander Phillips, Malaysia, Sonny, Filly, Piper and Riot Gravelle; brothers Butch (Wanda) Gibbs of Kansas, Tom (LuDawn) Hammons and Gary Gibbs of Colorado; Michael Montgomery of Oklahoma; Jeff Boles of Kansas; sisters Lavina Houdeshell of Kansas; Bonita (Ron Butler) Sickafoose and Donita Larson, both of Big Sandy; Sandie (Grant) Kuryluk of Canada; grandkids Victor "Glen" (Tori Blea), Chase (Callie Fredenberg), Dusti, Kodi-Jo, Danni and Yanci Phillips, Wyatt and William Phillips, Orion and Haley Kennedy, and many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at the Big Sandy Community Church of God starting at 2 p.m., with a viewing at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Big Sandy Community Church of God.


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