Mrs. Caroleanne Phillips of Middletown passed from this life on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at her residence. She was 66.
Born in Ft. Worth, Texas on July 7, 1955, Caroleanne was the daughter of the late Thomas Alan and Beulah Pearl Whaley and the loving wife of Byron Phillips.
She married Byron on December 28, 1973, between semesters during their first year of college at West Virginia University. Caroleanne and Byron were high school sweethearts and shared nearly 50 years together.
Caroleanne lived her life full of love and was generous in expressing that love to absolutely everyone. Since childhood she was consumed with loving Jesus and passionate about the pursuit of a deeper relationship with Him. Her unwavering faith in His goodness and love enabled her to speak God’s word into individuals too numerous to count - from family members to checkout clerks (and nurses in the hospital!), from local friends to her beloved Ugandan friends. Her life-giving message spanned from the poor to the powerful. She always gave all of herself.
One always knew what Caroleanne was thinking as she was never shy to express her strong opinions. Because of this, those around her always knew how very, very much they were loved. She made it a practice to both tell, and demonstrate, how deeply she loved the people she cared for. Paired with those beautiful expressions, she also exuberantly declared her love of Jesus Christ while living her convictions with humility and integrity while always remaining careful not to misrepresent who He is.
Caroleanne loved cooking and baking and for years catered for friends and family out of her own kitchen. Any gathering always involved a feast. She also loved pretty things, especially china and teapots, although she always disliked tea and insisted on instead filling her pot with coffee. She had a fabulous fashion sense and loved “bright shiny objects” in the form of inexpensive but expressive jewelry. Caroleanne might have been a tiny woman in stature, but she lived a big life… far too big for these limited words.
Surviving in addition to her husband Byron, are daughter: Jasmine Sneed and husband David; her son Brandon Phillips; two grandchildren: Kayden and Ariya Sneed; a sister Nan Jude and husband Bryan; two brothers: Jim Whaley and Scott Whaley and wife Donna; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Caroleanne was preceded in death by both her mother and her father.
The family would like to thank Frederick Health Hospice for their compassionate and competent care enabling them to bring Caroleanne home for her final days here on earth and ensuring her comfort despite the rapid onset of colon cancer. To the innumerable relatives and friends who have reached into their sorrow, the family would like to publicly express their gratitude. “Every prayer, every expression of shared heartache, every time you checked in on us. It mattered. Thank you.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Global Awakening, a ministry dedicated to “awaking the world to the goodness of God”. The ministry was very special to Caroleanne as she found herself miraculously healed of 17-year incurable chronic pain from nerve damage at one of their conferences. http://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E99631&id=16