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Mary L. Phillips
September 28, 1937 ~ September 9, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
Phillips, Mary Louise (Stevens), 85, Windber, passed away September 9, 2023. Born September 28, 1937 in Windber, daughter of the late Nicholas and Lena (Zankey) Stevens. Proceeded in death by husband, Richard Phillips, brother Nicholas J. Stevens, stepdaughter, Karen Phillips, and K-9 companion, Olivia. Survived by loving children, Christine Freddes, Kevin Freddes married to Lynn, and G. Douglas Freddes; grandchildren, Nicholas, Alex, Jordan and Anthony Freddes; great-grandchildren, Elijah, Savino, Gianna, and Shakur; daughter in law Julie Freddes; stepchildren Richard Phillips Jr. (Denise), Carl Phillips (Karen). Mary was born and raised in Windber. She graduated from Windber High School in 1955. Married in 1957 and had 3 children. In 1970 the family moved to Colorado, where Mary worked for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. After retirement, she moved back to Windber with her husband, Richard. Our mother, our friend was an amazing woman, with a heart for adventure. She loved to travel, Alaska was her very favorite. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, splitting wood, or just sitting in her back yard with her beautiful flowers and hummingbirds. She would go on wild carnival rides and zip lines, gondolas in Venice and parasailing in Hawaii. She went to Rod Stewart concerts and loved Billie Holiday. She was a rock hound and yes, did Tequila shots with her grandchildren! Words cannot express the loss we feel and how much she will be missed. We shared in mom’s adventures; she gave us friendship, guidance and her heart. She always listened with sincerity and compassion. She shared her kindness with all who knew her. She was a breast cancer survivor and had strength for living, till the very end. We were blessed to have such a caring and giving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Special thank you goes out to the wonderful caregivers at Richland Woods Assisted Living. They treated her like family and she loved them. Windber Hospice, we thank you for your vigilance and kindness in her last days. Mary was a devout Catholic, life member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Windber. Friends are invited to attend her Funeral mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Windber. Committal church cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home of Windber. www.meekfuneralhome.com.