Daphne A. Phillips

Date of Passing:

August 25, 2022

Daph, you were loved. Your passing has left a void in the hearts and lives of many. You were the only person in the family who regularly kept in touch with everyone. A world which no longer has Daph in it is going to take some getting used to. We all know and appreciate that “family” meant the world to you. I pray that you understood how important you were to us, your family. Your smile and contagious laugh, your sense of humor and your love will stay with us forever. You live in all of us.

Tommy, Phil, Sal, Jennifer, Jude and Gus were lucky enough to share their childhood with you. All those memories! Through the years, you maintained contact. Always letting your siblings know that you are thinking of them and that they matter and you love them. How lucky we all were to have you…

To Matt, John, Liz and Ann Marie, you were a second mother. It’s incomprehensible to think about what our lives would have been like without you in it. Your generosity and love will never be forgotten. You shaped us and were always there for us. We loved you so much!

For Ben, Sadie, little Matt, Frog and French Matt, you were a grandmother. A really cool, funny grandmother. In this generation as in the preceding generation, you were such an important part of their lives, and so loved.

We all owe you an enormous thank you. We know that you are now in a better place. But rest assured that you are still here on earth safely tucked away in all of our hearts and it is something that we will carry with us until we meet again.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Thomas H. Phillips and his wife Sandra of FL., Sally Easton and her husband Nick of CT., Jennifer Archetto of CT., Jude Rouslin and her husband Andrew of FL., Elizabeth J. Zucchi and her husband Jonathan of MA., Ann Marie Jouvensal of France, John F. Phillips of Florida and Matthew M. Phillips his wife Krissy of Riverside; many nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Deborah M. Phillips. She was the sister of the late Edgar W. Phillips and James H. Phillips.

A Private Funeral Service will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. A private family burial will follow. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Daphne’s memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude PL, Memphis TN 38105-9959 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Dear Daphne, it is with a Heavy Heart I write this. So saddened by your loss. Your little sis, Elizabeth, kept me informed of your ups and downs healthwise, every once in a while. I always enjoyed your Bright Smile, as usual and strong energy. I know, you were held in the utmost regard, especially, with your younger siblings, you were God’s Best, in their eyes, as well as mine!! God Bless Daphne, now you are at peace!! Keep Shinning ?

  2. I love and miss you aunty so much can’t believe you are gone it breaks my heart knowing you are not here with us anymore ❤️?

  3. Dear Liz, Jon, Ben, Sadie and the Phillips Family,
    We know how much Daphne meant to all of you as it has been beautifully written here. We send all our love and deepest sympathies during this difficult time. She took a piece of your heart but left you a piece of hers. Never to be separated, always in your thoughts and fond memories. We pray that in the quiet, you will always feel her presence. Watching over you, guiding you always with her never ending love. <3

  4. My heart is saddened. Daphne was one of the nicest people I’ve had the privilege to know. She was a great neighbor an friend.
    Her love for her Family was apparent in every conversation an she enjoyed sharing stories. She will be missed. Rest In Peace Daphne ??❤️

  5. In remembrance of Daphne Phillips whose star shines down with love and care upon her family and friends. It was plain to anyone who knew Daphne that she loved her family and friends very much, and we loved her. Her sister Liz was especially close to Daphne. Often, we would visit her at her beloved little home and the love, caring and feeling of responsibility between the two sisters was palpable to anyone. Daphne and I were friends and she was always kind and good to me. While many hearts are broken by this unexpected parting, perhaps some comfort may be granted in the gracious memoires of laughter, lively conversations and the myriad shared events of life, and the knowledge that Daphne is in a better place looking down upon this earth with love and affection on her sisters, brothers, extended family, and friends. May my friend Daphne’s soul soar to heaven’s glory and be greeted by her loved ones that are there.

  6. Tommy and Sandra,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your precious sister. We will keep her in prayer embrace your memories of her, she’s in your hearts.
    Cousin, Diane and Family

  7. Such a wonderful woman who loved her family with all of her heart.
    Sending my condolences to your family

  8. Dear Daphne –
    You were part of my life when I was adrift. I am so blessed to have known you and that you became “adopted” by my family. Thank you for being in my life.

  9. My heart hurts. Daph has been an integral part of my life for over 50 years and I do have treasured memories. They will help at some point. Right now everything hurts since I won’t be able to sit with her and talk, drink coffee, laugh, cry, and well…just about everything. Her sense of humor and snarky comments many times made some of the hardships of life more bearable. She was always there to support, question, and take care of me. She was and remains my sister by choice. I will always miss you, Daph. You will remain here in my heart and in all the stories that I will continue to share with friends and family. Rest in peace, my sister.

  10. Reading this is exactly the way that I knew Daphne. We worked together when I was young and she was my moms age. In fact she worked with my mom before I worked with her. She was like the second cool mom. She always spoke of how much she loved her family and how nice it was to have so many of you. We stayed in touch on Facebook with comments here and there and I’m glad I was never shy to tell her what she meant to me. Love to all her family you were all so lucky to have her ❤️

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