Wanda Christine Phillips

1942 - 2019

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Wanda Christine Phillips, 77, went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2019. Wanda was born April 17, 1942 in Mound Bayou, Mississippi to the late Willie B. Ryals Sr. and Olivia B. Holmes. She was one of six children. Wanda accepted the Lord at an early age. She was a member of the mass choir at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in North Chicago, Illinois and the mass choir for Greater Faith Baptist Church, Waukegan, Illinois. She also attended First Timothy AME Church, Chapel AME, Harvest Church International, Church of the Living God, and Church of the Living God in Findlay, where she served the Lord until her passing. Wanda graduated from Dunbar High School, Chicago, Illinois in 1960 and later attended Mother Cabrini School of Practical Nursing where she graduated in 1963. After graduation, Wanda was employed at Cook County Hospital, Municipal Tuberculosis, Billings Hospital, and Illinois Central Hospital, all located in Chicago, Illinois. Wanda enlisted in the United States Army on October 4, 1968. Upon graduating Basic Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, she went to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for advanced individual training. She was then assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. From there she deployed to Camp Zama, Japan. She was reassigned to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, where she worked as a Clinical Specialist. During this assignment, she met and married Harrison, the love of her life. She was later reclassified as a Counter Intelligence Agent at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. From there she was reassigned to Fort Sheridan, Illinois. During her career, she was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Ribbon, and multiple Good Conduct Medals. She was also recognized as Soldier of the Month, Quarter, and Year in 1973. Wanda was honorably discharged from the United States Army on Dec 22, 1976. Wanda was a very successful real estate agent and broker. She was a wedding coordinator and cake decorator. She was the owner of Keepsake Florist. She was an art distributor for Artistic Interiors, Inc. In 2014, she was awarded The Gerold Baker Carrier of the Year for the city of Findlay and Courier of the Year, Senior Division, for the state of Ohio. She had a love for all sports, but played softball where she boasted a no hitter game. She was also a member of the Ohio Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Incorporated. She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband Harrison L. Phillips; four children: Terrica N. Phillips, Danielle S. Phillips, Carmen L. Patterson, and Vincent M. (Sarita) Phillips Sr.; twenty grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves her two sisters: Sandra (Ronell) Thompson of Dacula, GA, and Janet Boyd of Chicago, IL; two brothers: Willie B. Ryals Jr., and Ronald H. Ryals of Chicago, IL; two sisters-in-law: Sharon (George) Garrett of New Albany, OH, and Diane (Jon) Doctor of Cincinnati, OH; two brothers-in-law: Edwin (Pat) Link of Tucson, AZ, and Robert (Wanda) Phillips of Gahanna, OH; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Haron Ryals. In addition, a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday August 3, 2019 at Church of the Living God, Findlay. Pastor Juan Salinas will officiate and burial will follow at Knollcrest Gardens, Arcadia, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Memorial Squad. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 2 from 4:00-6:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay and on Saturday for one hour (10:00-11:00am) prior to the service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Hancock County Humane Society. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, August 2nd 2019 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Church of the Living God[Map]
    701 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Saturday, August 3rd 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, August 3rd 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Church of the Living God [Map]
    701 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Cemetery [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, Ohio 44804

  • Contributions:

    Hancock County Humane Society - Phillips
    4550 Fostoria Avenue
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Mr Phillips and family
Date :Thursday, August 1st 2019
From : Mary Hausrath
Sending love,hugs and prayers to all! I met this couple once and they left an impression on my heart! So sorry for this loss, but to be absent from the body means she is present with the Lord!



To : The Family of Wand Christine Phillips
Date :Thursday, August 1st 2019
From : Nora L Monegan
When God calls His children home, His angels come to tae them by the hand, leading them along a shining path into s place of peace and light. Home at last, they see the Lord open His arms, welcoming them with a smile into the everlasting joy and peace that is His love.
Harrison and children, as the Lord welcomes your loved one home to perfect peace, may He also comfort you and lead you through your sorrows. Remember, God NEVER puts more on us than we can bare. My friend, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and if you need me--- I'm here.
Love and Prayers,
Nora Lee



To : Family
Date :Friday, August 2nd 2019
From : Joy Allington
I didn’t know Wanda personally. I know Wanda as a sister in Christ and A sister WAC. I know the loss of my own mom and immediately Knowing that Loss isn’t the greatest time of loss. It’s when you go to pick up the phone and tell her about something wonderful or get a recipe or some of her special great advice and she’s NOT there on the other end..
Those are the times that reality sets in. That’s when you have faith in God and know you’ll see her again and haven. Know that she’s giving you every piece of her heart that she had just for you! Trust God and Not yourselves and he will care for you. May God bless you and your family. Joy Allington



To : The Family of Wanda Phillips
Date :Friday, August 2nd 2019
From : Leasha Dixson
Harrison- I was shocked and saddened to read about the passing of Wanda. She was such an honorable and Blessed woman, and I was proud to have known her. As a fellow Women's Army Corp member, I thank Wanda for having the courage to go into an organization that may not have been that welcoming to her and other women. I also thank Wanda for paving the way for women like me to come later into the WAC and be successful. Her accomplishments are so impressive! I wish that I had more time to talk to her about the similarities in our lives. What a woman! I posted her passing on my WAC websites, and over 200 women have asked me to pass along they sympathies to you and your Family. God Bless her for her life.



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