Elizabeth Phillips

Princeville Telephone, March 1930
Submitted by Mike McMullen 


Elizabeth “Nellie” Eckley Phillips


Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth "Nellie" Eckley Phillips, wife of Rev. C. T. Phillips of Palestine, Illinois and former pastor of the local Presbyterian church, were held at Palestine last Thursday at the Presbyterian church, with M. E. Prather, pastor officiating.

Nellie Eckley Phillips, wife of Rev. Chas. T. Phillips, was born in Stark county, Illinois, February 9, 1847 and died at the family residence in Palestine, Illinois, March 25, 1930, at 10:05 p. m., aged 83 years, 1 months and 16 days.

She was married December 14, 1870 and was the mother of seven children’ One son, Phillip LeRoy, died in infancy in 1878. A daughter, Ethel Cheesman of Princeville, Illinois, preceded her mother in death on January 31, 1930. Surviving are five children: Thomas M. Phillips, Charles H. Phillips and Ray P. Phillips, Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Mignonne Alexander of Gunnison, Colorado and Charles Phillips of Palestine, Illinois; and her husband Rev. Chas. T. Phillips. All members of the family were at her bedside when death came.

Mrs. Phillips united with the Richland Presbyterian church near Olney, Illinois in childhood. She had been the wife of a Presbyterian minister for almost 60 years, living in many sections of the United States. In 1902 Mrs. Phillips and her husband went to Palestine, where they have since resided. Her home was a refuge for the homeless, a place of cheer and welcome to all. Her last illness was of several weeks’ duration, saddened also by the bereavement of her daughter, during this time.

Charles Cheeseman, son-in-law of Mrs. Phillips, and his son Carl, both of this place attended the past rites for Mrs. Phillips.


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