Funeral services for Joyce Phillips, 88 year old Gillette resident who passed away Saturday at the Gillette Memorial Hospital, will be held Thursday February 23 at 2:00 p.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Reverend Tom Saur officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mrs. Phillips’ memory may be made to the Campbell County Senior Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Joyce Sara Phillips was born on August 29, 1923 on the family homestead on Wild Horse Creek South of Arvada, Wyoming to Frank and Clara Clabaugh. She grew up on the family homestead and went to school in Arvada. She moved into Gillette for high school and graduated from the Campbell County High School in 1941. After high school she went to Business College in Sheridan for one year. After her college she worked for a bank in Sheridan of one year. She was married on July 9, 1945 in Hardin, Montana to Charles Phillips Jr. and they made their home in Arvada. Joyce drove the mail route up Powder River and also to Spotted Horse and took all of her children with her. In 1960 they moved to Sheridan where Mr. Phillips worked at the Sheridan Flouring Mills. They moved to Hardin in 1962 where they loved until 1965 when the moved to Gillette. Mr. Phillips passed away in 2007 and Joyce continued living in Gillette until the time of her death. She had been a resident of the Pioneer Manor for the past 7 years. Joyce was an accomplished artist and taught art classes at the Campbell County Senior Center for many years as well as teaching private art lessons. Joyce loved her art and spending time with her family, especially babysitting her grand kids.
She is survived by two sons, Bill Phillips and his wife Marcia of Gillette and Dennis Phillips and his wife Brenda also of Gillette; two daughters Susan Garry and her husband Russell of Gillette and Linda Cross and her husband Donald of Arvada, Wyoming; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, five sisters, including one infant sister and one great-grandson.