Anne J. Johnson Phillips, 86: Former nurse, enjoyed genealogy

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GORHAM — Anne Joyce (Johnson) Phillips, 86, formerly a longtime resident of South Portland, died Jan. 16 at Gorham House.

Born on Sept. 21, 1924, in Providence, R.I., the only child of Leon H. and Mildred B. (Joyce) Johnson.

She and her family moved to Portland in 1933, where she attended local schools.

After she graduated from Deering High School in 1943, she attended New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, and earned her degree as a registered nurse in 1947.

Also in 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Andrew S. Phillips, Jr.

Over the years she worked as a nurse in Boston, Mass., Middletown, Conn., Bangor and Portland.

A longtime parishioner at the First Congregational Church, UCC, of South Portland, she also volunteered for various church committees and always took pleasure working on the annual Holly Daze Bazaar hosted by the church.

For 35 years she and her husband enjoyed researching and studying their family genealogy.

Her other hobbies included reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Surviving are her two sons, Barry E. Phillips and his wife Nancy of Portland, and Dean H. Phillips and his wife Kimberly of Port St. Lucie, Fla; three grandchildren, Chris Phillips, Laurie  Mathisen, and Andrew Wing; three great-grandchildren, Alexi Mathisen, Andrew Wing Jr., and Dylan Mathisen; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews.

There will be no memorial service at this time. Services will occur in spring 2011.

At her request, memorial donations can be made to the First Congregational Church Crisis Ministries Fund, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04106.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

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