Sarah Ansley Rollins Phillips, age 89, died in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on September 16, 2013, at the home of her daughter.
She was born in Logan County on January 1, 1924, to Grover and Minnie Ansley. In addition to her parents , she was preceded in death by her first husband, Willard I. Rollins; and daughter, Marcia A. Lane. Sarah (fondly known as Sally) was also preceded in death by her siblings: Hildred Chism (Don), Alice Mae Malarkey (Richard), George Ansley (Jane), Paul Ansley (Margaret); in-laws, Samuel and Bertha Rollins; and sister-in-law Wanda Hurst (Dick). In 1996 Sally married Calvin L. Phillips, who also preceded her in death on September 11, 2013.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Green (James); son-in-law, Dennis Lane (Mary Jane); and three grandchildren: Jennifer Darr (Roger), Ryan Lane (Shelly) and Carrie Yoder (Colin). She is also survived by nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Other survivors include step-children: Pat Magness (Lee), Phil Phillips (Barbara), Penny Phillips (Mike Brown), Robin Phillips (Richard Connor) and Joy Phillips (Paul Craley); and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Sally was a devoted Christian wife and mother. As an active, long-time member of the Rushsylvania, Ohio, Church of Christ, she served as its treasurer for 38 years and many years as superintendent of the children’s ministry. Since 1996, she attended First Christian Church, Johnson City, TN, and was an active and loyal member of the Win-A-Kuple class. After returning to Ohio in 2010 to live with her daughter, she attended the First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine, Ohio.
In addition to her many church responsibilities, she was a wonderful homemaker and accomplished hostess to friends and family. She also worked outside the home at Hartley and Nicholl and Culligan Water Conditioning, both in Bellefontaine, for a combined 29 years. When not working, Sally dearly loved to fish, garden, paint, entertain in her home and to travel.
Sally was her family’s gift from God, and we now lovingly return her to His care. The family will receive friends at Eichholtz, Daring and Sanford Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, OH, on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
The funeral service will be conducted at the First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine, OH, on Friday, September 20, 2013, at 11:00 A.M.
The graveside committal service will immediately follow in the Rushsylvania Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, 117 North Main St., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311; and Rushsylvania Church of Christ, P.O. Box 386, 170 East Mill Street, Rushsylvania, Ohio 43347.
Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, assisted the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.