Avis Jean Phillips, 1932-2020

Avis Jean Phillips, referred to as “Jean,” 87, went to be with the Good Lord on March 26, 2020.

Jean was born May 2, 1932 in Epps, La. to Rufus and Lillian (Shows) Welch.

Jean was a Plainfield, Ind. resident and former long-time La Porte, Ind. resident.  She passionately taught art for over 30 years. Jean was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in La Porte and,  later in life, at Chapel Rock Christian Church, where she loved to sing in the choir.  In her retired life, she taught origami to various classes her grandchildren were in throughout the years, wrote plays for Girls In Touch and helped lead an Alzheimer’s support group.  Jean was lovingly referred to as “Mema” by her grandchildren and all the young people in their lives. She fiercely loved everyone she met and took an immediate interest in caring for them in any way she could.  Jean loved Jesus above all else and sought to serve him every day by carrying out the greatest commandments, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (…).  Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:37-39.  Jean was full of spunk, life, and love, and brought joy to all those around her.

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Joseph Phillips in 2002.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Pieszchala (Tim) of San Antonio, Tex.; son, Jim Phillips (Jennifer) of Plainfield; four grandchildren, Kyle Leonard, Brandon Yohn (Katy), Erica Nunaley (Neal), and Michael Phillips (Julie); and nine great-grandchildren.

Due to current affairs, private family services will be held with burial following at Door Village Cemetery, La Porte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Ste. 100, Indianapolis, Ind. 46209-4830 or The ALS Association, PO Box 37022, Boone, Ia.  50037-0022.

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! Matthew 25:23

Share your master’s happiness until we meet again in Heaven.

Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte is handing the arrangements.


5 Responses to “Avis Jean Phillips, 1932-2020”

  1. Donna Council

    Mar 29. 2020

    To Jean’s family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Jean was one of the first friends I made as a new teacher at Kingsbury Elementary in LaPorte. We bonded over the fact that I was raised as a Baptist and had family in KY. She was so sweet to all staff and students.
    Donna Council

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  2. Sharon

    Mar 29. 2020

    Your Mother was such a special person! Along with your Father, they were special teachers! My thoughts are with you.

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  3. Pamela Willis

    Mar 29. 2020

    Jean was the art teacher for my third grade class at Riley School. The children respected Jean and enjoyed having her for an art teacher. I respected Jean and enjoyed her as a friend.

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  4. Marisa

    Mar 29. 2020

    Nooooo!!! 😢😫🥺
    I loved her SO MUCH in my youth at Grace Baptist!!!
    I participated in Numerous plays that she wrote and directed, as well as singing with her in the choir!! She was just the sweetest lady and loved by all!!! To say that she fiercely loved all that she met and brought joy to those around her is most definitely true!!! And Bill was a special man too! When I think of my childhood days, I think of them as always being “there” at church!!
    So sorry to Kyle, and the rest of the family…
    At least we know we will see her again!!!
    I always wanted to go and visit her, but now I live in CO, so it was hard to make it happen… 🥺
    (Oh-and she was always so beautiful and stylish too!!)
    Love, Marisa (Wolff) McAllister

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  5. Jacque Brath

    Mar 30. 2020

    Such a dear soul. I sang with her several times at church. She will be missed. The good Lord got a good one.

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