---- — Norma Jean Phillips, 79, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 5:25 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.
Norma was born on Aug. 20, 1934, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Albert and Beulah (Edson) Mills. She married Jackie Harold Phillips on Dec. 21, 1958, in Mt. Vernon, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 2013.
Mrs. Phillips was a member of the New Life Harvest Church in Mt. Vernon. She was a devoted Christian.
She is survived by her mother, Beulah Webb of Mt. Vernon; son, Eric Phillips and wife Rita of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Shelly Joy and husband Bruce of Clute, Texas and Cindy Echols of Liberty, Texas; five grandchildren, Shonda Miranda, Cheryl Pena and husband John, Tracy Echols-Banning, Timothy Echols and Amanda Phillips; sister, Shirley Williams of Mt. Vernon; brother, Bill Mills of Mission Veijo, Calif.; brother-in-law, John Phillips and wife Pat of Mt. Vernon; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Mills and stepfather, Ernest Webb.
Private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Life Harvest Church and will be accepted at the Newell Funeral Home 2707 North Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements are under the direction of Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon where you may call 246-0100 for further information or visit us online at www.newellfuneralhome.com.