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Vera L. Phillips

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

PHILLIPS Vera Lee Phillips passed away after a brief illness on February 4, 2014 at Mission Trail Baptist Hospital. Vera Lee Carter was born February 21, 1924 to Ilex Lee and Guy Thomas Carter in Dallas, Texas. She was raised and graduated from high school in Elgin, Texas. After attending Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, she taught briefly in a small community outside Elgin before leaving for Columbia, South Carolina where she married the love of her life, Jesse Wade Phillips. They were married on February 15, 1945. Their only child, Larry was born in 1946. While her husband was serving in the US Army, Vera Lee continued her education at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, Texas and Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma graduating with a degree in education in 1957. Upon her husband's retirement from the service, they settled in San Antonio. She continued her education getting her Master's degree in Education from Trinity University in 1965. She taught in the Harlandale, San Antonio and Edgewood school districts. Her specialty was remedial reading and she took great joy in helping children with reading difficulties learn to read. In later years, she worked with adults to improve their reading skills. She was active in local politics serving as President of her neighborhood association. She stayed involved with conservative political issues her entire life. She was also an active member of Riverside Baptist Church for the last 40 years of her life. She loved her church and did many things to support it. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Carter in 1985 and her husband in 1987. She is survived by her son, Larry and his wife, Kitty and their six children, Gerald Thompson, Ronald Thompson, Kari Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Kelli Thompson and Kimberli Phillips. Ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephews Michael, Allan and Doyle Carter of Lake Charles, La. Memorial services will be held at Riverside Baptist Church at 1 PM on Saturday, February 8th. Her cremated remains will be buried with her husband at Ft Sam Houston cemetery at a later date. Instead of flowers, please make donations to the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.