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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Lillie Mae Hammons-Phillips will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Allen Nevel and Rev. Frank Phillips officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Reed-Culver from noon until 6 p.m. Interment will be held at Cochran Cemetery. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Lillie include Richard Phillips, Aaron Hair, Perry Phillips Jr., Devin Lopez, Carl Phillips and Justin Phillips. Lillie Mae Hammons-Phillips was born on March 9, 1926, in Hulbert, the daughter of John Henry and Judy Susie (Cochran) Hammons. She was raised in a home where she shared her life with three brothers and one sister: John, William, Clue, and Hattie. She graduated from Chilocco Indian School then continued her education and graduated as a LPN. She married Arnold Phillips and together they shared the love of seven children. Lillie worked at numerous hospitals and nursing facilities during her career, and she proved that she could be strong and independent as well as caring and compassionate. Her entire lifetime was spent in the Hulbert and Tahlequah communities. She loved to go fishing. Garage sales were another favorite pastime. She really enjoyed a good OU football game or the afternoon spent quilting. Lillie was incredibly proud of her Cherokee heritage and spent countless hours involved in Cherokee Nation politics, attending fundraisers, going door-to-door and campaigning for a worthy cause. Lillie was laid back and easygoing. She had the sweetest smile on her face as that LTD station wagon went down the street, stuffed to the brim with her adored grandchildren. Lillie thought they were the absolute best companions ever. She instilled in her children a sense of self reliance and a willingness to serve others. Lillie was a Christian by faith and attended a variety of Baptist churches. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home from her labors on Sunday, Aug. 9, in Tahlequah, with her family close by her side. Lillie was 89 years old. Lillie is preceded in death by her mother and father; two sons, Pat Phillips and Pershal Phillips; one daughter, Judy Leep; three brothers, John M. Hammons, William Hammons, and Clue Hammons; and one sister, Hattie Massingale. Those left to cherish her memory include her adored children, Perry Phillips and wife Linda, Kevin Phillips, John Phillips, and one daughter, Paulette Wilson and husband Robert, all of Tahlequah. The legacy of Lillie’s life ends with 29 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her special friends Chad Smith, Pat Ragsdale, and Sharon Wright; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  August 12, 2015
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