Mary Alice Phillips Miller

Miller, Mary AliceMary Alice Phillips Miller


Mary Alice Phillips Miller, 85, of Oklahoma City, OK, died on March 26, 2018 in Oklahoma City. She was born in Henderson, TN to Lillie Mae Miller Phillips and Ernest Edgar Phillips, Sr. on July 18, 1932. She graduated from Chester County High School in 1950. She earned an Associate degree from Freed Hardeman University, Bachelor of Science from Memphis State University and a Master’s in Biology at Memphis State University.

Mary was a high school teacher at Treadwell and Lester Alternative with the Memphis Public School system. She was a very successful sales leader with the Shaklee Corporation for 50 years. She played tennis at both Freed Hardeman and MSU and was a highly successful USTA ranked player throughout her adult life.

Mary was a faithful member at White Station Church of Christ for 56 years. She was a remarkable woman who had a tremendous impact on the lives of many as a teacher, mentor, business associate and friend. Most importantly, she was a devoted and loving daughter, mother, sister and aunt.

Surviving are two sons, Kris Miller of Edmond, OK married to Robyn Miller and Ken Miller of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren Chase Miller, Makenzie Miller and Luke Miller; one sister Gladys Pauline Gowan; one adopted brother Kyo Jhin; countless beloved nieces and nephews and their children. She is preceded in death her mother and father, Lillie Mae and Ernest Edgar, her brothers Major Ernest Edgar Phillips, Jr. and Robert James Phillips, her sisters Ernestine Phillips, Addie Mae Powers, Katherine Leavitt, nephews Hal Fredrick Powers, Bobby Phillips, and David Gowan Phillips.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 29th at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5655 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN from 6:00-8:00 PM and Friday, March 30th at White Station Church of Christ, 1106 Colonial Road, Memphis, TN from 9:00 AM until the celebration of life service at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Henderson, TN. In lieu of flowers charitable donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Lillie Phillips scholarship fund at Freed Hardeman University.

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