Alice Tucker Phillips passed on March 7, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 9, 1929, to Charles Warden and Christine Lee Tucker in Zybach, Texas. Shortly thereafter the family returned to Longview. On November 16, 1946, she married the love of her life, Lowell Travis Phillips, Jr., a returning World War II veteran, after they met in the elevator of a local building. They remained inseparable until his passing in 2009, after which she resided with family in Austin, Texas, where she still resided until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; her siblings, Jerry Lee Smith; Ellen Barnes; and Charles Ray Tucker; and brother-in-law William Henry “Bill” Phillips. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Travis R. Phillips of Austin, Texas, and Timothy Lee and Joy Phillips of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law Susan Phillips of Jacksonville, Texas; grandchildren Travis Joseph Phillips of Austin, Texas, and Peggy Elizabeth Phillips and Christopher Lee Phillips of Houston, Texas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, and the abiding love of all who knew her.
She was a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church, where she and her sisters were noted for their musical ability, singing as a trio there, for other churches in the area, and occasionally on the local radio.
While her children were in school, she was active and enjoyed her service in the Pine Tree School District’s P.T.A. Although never a sports’ fan, she spent many an hour attending the various sporting events in which her sons participated. In 1970, she fulfilled her dream and graduated from nursing school. After becoming a nurse she worked at various medical facilities in the Longview area, ending her career as a labor and delivery nurse at Laird Memorial Hospital. She believed her highest calling was to help others, and there was no better way to achieve it than helping bring babies into the world. After retiring from nursing she and Lowell spent many happy hours together travelling across East Texas to research family history, frequently accompanied by their grandchildren.
After her beloved husband’s passing, she moved to Austin, Texas, to live with her son and then her grandson, always arguing that they clearly need supervision. In later years she continued to spend many happy hours working on her family history and speaking on the telephone to her family.
The family would like to invite friends for a time of visitation on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Welch Funeral Home, located at 4619 Judson Road, Longview, TX 75605. A service will be held in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. with Christopher Lee Phillips, Travis Joseph Phillips, Robert Lane, Heath Barnes, Paul Smith, Steven Gibbs, Jeff Gibbs, and Joey Clay serving as honorary pallbearers.
Following the service, a reception will be held at the Longview First Assembly of God Fellowship Hall at 2900 North Fourth Street, Longview, TX, 75605.
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