Elizabeth “Nellie” Eckley Phillips
LAST RITES FOR MRS. PHILLIPS HELD AT PALESTINE THURSDAY
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
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.