Emma Jene Phillips

August 31, 1926 - April 27, 2020
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Emma Jene Phillips was born on August 31, 1926 in Dallas, Texas and lived most of her life in Galveston. She often considered herself an “old Galvestonian” – a BOI – born off the island.  She died peacefully at age 93 on April 27, 2020.  She was one of 2 children, was a devoted and loving wife of 69 years, mother of 5, grandmother of 7, and great grandmother of 9.  Emma graduated at the top of her high school class at Dominican High School and was a dedicated parishioner at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Sacred Heart Church.  She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1953-1981 as the Patient Accounts Manager.  She worked for Internal Medicine Associates for 15 years, when she retired. Emma was committed to community service through the Quota Club and was on the O’Connell High School Scholarship Fund Committee.  A lifelong Cowboys fan, she enjoyed watching football.  In later years she became a Patriots fan, rooting for “her boy Tom” in her #12 jersey and would get upset when he got sacked.  She had a kind and compassionate heart especially for birds, frogs, dogs and cats.  At one time she cared for as many as 10 stray cats and as a result was a frequent visitor to the veterinary clinic.  Emma was a passionate gardener, loved to ride her bicycle, read many books and loved her coffee and Hershey’s Silver Bells.

Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard and parents; her sister, Sissy; and her sons, Jimmy and Butch Phillips.  She is survived by her sons/spouses: Jerry and Nina Phillips of Austin, Texas, David and Jackie Phillips of Henderson, Nevada and Mike and Dianne Phillips of Houston, TX; nephews, Chris Miller and Mike Miller of Galveston, Texas; grandchildren/spouses: Todd and Tiffany Phillips of Dickinson, Texas, Lauren Phillips and Marco Simoni of Rome, Italy, Brendan and Sabrina Phillips of Chicago, Illinois, Jessica Phillips of Mexico City, Shawn Phillips and Alicia Waldon of Boise, Idaho, Stephanie Phillips Gros and Daniel Gros of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Patrick Phillips and Karissa Anderson of Houston, Texas; great grandchildren: Megan Phillips of Dickinson, Texas, Nicolo Simoni and Arianna Simoni of Rome, Italy, Azaria Phillips, Blaise Phillips and Laeth Phillips of Chicago, Il, Evan Gros, Emma Gros and Ella Gros of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    She will also be missed by Joe Sekin and family of Irving, Texas.

A private family service will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas on Friday May 1, 2020.  Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.  Memorials can be made to O’Connell College Preparatory School in Galveston (https://www.oconnellprep.com/memorial-fund).


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Born: August 31, 1926
Died: April 27, 2020

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Susan Gould posted on 5/3/20

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a beautiful lady. She was very devoted to O’Connell. Saw her many times during the interim my kids attended there. Take care. Susan Gould


Sandy Denby posted on 5/1/20

Emma Jene will surely be missed but will always be remembered as such a lady and a wonderful caring person. I loved being around her and listening to her soft voice tell her stories. She always smiled and such a strong woman! I will cherish your memories. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your wonderful family!! Love, Sandy Denby


Michelle Gonzalez posted on 4/30/20

Condolences to the family. Mrs. Phillips was a wonderful lady.


Pasty miller posted on 4/30/20

Sorry for your lost


Geraldine Godsey posted on 4/30/20

In loving memory of my Godmother Emma Jene: She was a kind, gentle and sweet motherly influence in my life. Emma Jene always modeled a wonderful devoted and non-contingent love for her loved ones. I will always remember her sweet smile and cheerful disposition.


Karen Hansen posted on 4/30/20

Ms. Phillips was such an important part of my experience at Internal Medicine Associates, probably the best 5 years of my career. I think she gave me the firecracker plant that is still thriving in my yard all these years later. How lucky to have her in our lives. Karen Hansen MD


France’s laird posted on 4/30/20

Worked with Emma at the hospital. Very gentle and caring person. May God Bless her and keep her safe in her new journey.


Carol Ann Cowan posted on 4/29/20

Emma Jene was a wonderful woman with a huge heart and an amazing sense of humor. Her optimism, generosity and indefatigable spirit impacted all who were lucky enough to know her. May we all carry forward the life lessons we learned because Emma Jene was in our lives. Rest in peace, dear friend, and my condolences to her family.