Florence Valeria “Doodie” Phillips went home to be with the Lord on November 20, 2021, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland after a short illness. Florence was born on February 14, 1937, to the late Preston D. and Mary B. Turner in Boyds, Maryland. She was proceeded in death by her husband Eugene Mack Phillips, Sr., brother’s Harry A., Preston D., Lawrence F., Donald E., and sister’s Betty L. and Minnie J.
Florence was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Boyds, Maryland. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She loved her church as well as her church family. There was nothing she would not do to support her church. Doodie as she was affectionately known, was a member of the Gospel Choir, Board of Trustees, Treasure of the Finance Committee, Cemetery Committee, Administrative Council, Pastor of Parish Committee, Chair of the Usher Board and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Civic Association and Boyds Historical Society. She was a pillar of the Boyds community.
Florence was educated in Montgomery County Public Schools. She attended Clarksburg Elementary School in Clarksburg, Maryland and Carver High School in Rockville, Maryland.
Florence enjoyed a 35-year career with Montgomery County Public Schools. She worked as a cafeteria manager at Edward U. Taylor Elementary school in her hometown of Boyds and served at several other schools throughout the county, until her retirement in 2000. Throughout her career, she was recognized with numerous accolades as a valuable employee and one that would be truly missed. Florence was an exceptional cook and probably one of the best cake makers you would find. A great talent she passed along to her daughter, Brenda and son, Preston.
Florence loved her family and would do or say whatever was necessary to keep things on the straight and narrow path. During her earlier years raising her children, she loved supporting her two sons (Gene & Preston) with their sports activities. Florence would attend every Poolesville High School basketball and football game she could, along with her buddies Delores Talley, Mary Naylor and Eleanor Duffin. She would take and pick up every kid that needed a ride to the game and needed a ride home. When Gene and Preston attended college, she would hit the highway with her daughter, Brenda and they would travel from the Eastern Shore Maryland to Ada, Ohio to watch them play football and basketball. Florence also helped raise some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to attend some of their high school and college football and basketball games cheering them on from the sideline. An avid sports fan, she also played softball during her teens and later joined a bowling league and won several trophies. Her favorite sports team was the Pittsburgh Steelers, and no other team could compare as far as she was concerned.
Florence watched her favorite TV shows naming a few; The Price is Right, Let’s Make A Deal, Perry Mason, the Lone Ranger, Bold and the Beautiful, and the Young and the Restless. In between all of her shows, there was always time for her word search puzzles. She also had another passion, and it was playing bingo. Oh, how she loved to play that game! If it wasn’t emergency, you need not bother her. You could always find her on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at Churchill Senior Living facility in Germantown playing bingo. Florence always had some type of treat, to share with her fellow game players.
She truly set an example of love, kindness, generosity, care, and joy to all her family, friends and acquaintances. Everyone Loves “Mom”, “Sister”, “Grandma”, “GG”, “Aunt Doodie”, “Cousin Doodie”, “Doodie”, “Ms. Florence”, “Florence”!
Florence Valeria Phillips is survived by her three devoted children: Eugene Phillips, Jr., Preston Phillips (Andrea) and Brenda Cosby (Marc); one sister Mary Campbell; one brother Douglas Turner; three sisters- in-law, Joyce Phillips, Barbara Dorsey, and Beverly Turner; one goddaughter Michelle Turner Clark.
Grandchildren: Jacoby Phillips, Terrell Campbell, Sr. (Kina,) Lakia Phillips, Ivyn Campbell, Tamera Phillips, Quintin Cosby (Tahnia – Fiancée), Marquita Cosby and Howard Phillips.
Great grandchildren: Terrell Campbell Jr., Jordan Campbell, Dominque Perry, Seth Phillips, William Thompson, III., Sydney Reed, Kelsie Campbell, Gabrielle Phillips, Jayden Sims, Niko Perry and Ivyn Campbell, II.
Special devoted nephew Laurell Phillips, Jr., a lifelong friend Geraldine Stewart and her long-distance buddy Leroy Budd; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The love you gave is something
that no one can explain
It was made of deep devotion,
and of sacrifice and pain.
It was endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may,
and death cannot destroy it,
or take that away
“Gone but Not Forgotten”
Thank You From DMV Memorials
We had the distinct privilege of serving the Phillips family on Saturday December 4, 2021 for the Celebration of Life of Florence V. Phillips at the Rockville Christian Church in Rockville MD. Our staff was fully vaccinated (and boosted) and observed all COVID19 protocols mandated by Montgomery County.
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