Angelene E. Phillips

August 29, 1921 ‒ September 10, 2014

Fredericktown, Ohio

Angelene E. Phillips, age 93, of Fairway Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Ross Heart Hospital of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She was born on August 29, 1921 in Knox County to the late Edgar and Ruth (Hyatt) Cochran. Angelene was a 1939 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and in 1943 she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and in 1961 her Master’s Degree both in Home Economics from The Ohio State University.

Angelene was employed as a home economics teacher for Fredericktown High School and taught commercial foods at the Knox County Joint Vocational School before retiring in 1983 as a Home Economics Agent with the Ohio State University Extension. She was a member of the Ohio and National Retired Teachers Associations, Ann Hill Chapter #81 Order of Eastern Star in Fredericktown, Alpha Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, National Association of Home Economics Agents and the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church. Angelene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Gary Frye of Marietta, her son, David Phillips of Fredericktown, six grandchildren, Dr. Bret (Erin) Frye of Marietta, Layne (Trent) Shidaker of The Woodlands, Texas, Justin (Melissa) Frye of Cincinnati, Dr. John (Molly) Frye of Marietta, Dale (Abbie) Picciuto of Sandusky and Joshua Phillips of Columbus, 10 great grandchildren, Allison and Jillian Shidaker, Nathan and Maggie Frye, Thomas, Stella and Olivia Frye, Max and Tyler Frye, Alexandria Picciuto, three sisters, Anita Bair of Gahanna, Katharine (William) Brown of Fredericktown and Peggy Murphy of Zanesville.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Phillips Jr., two sisters, Maxine Scott and Imogene Coffing, two brothers, R. Wesley Cochran and Paul E. Cochran.

Friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A funeral service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main Street, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019. Rev. Michael W. Smith will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions in Angelene’s name may be made to the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church.

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  • Sharon and David: Finding your mother’s obituary today breaks my heart. Not only was she a beautiful lady and one of my very favorite teachers, I was totally honored to get to play Euchre with her a few times in the last couple of years.
    One sharp lady!

  • Sending the family heartfelt condolences. She was such a special lady and the best Home Ec. teacher anyone could ever have. I learned so very much from her and had so much fun doing so. I will never forget her smile! God bless all of you.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family. She was such a beautiful lady and a great teacher. She help my so much even after I got out school, we had a lot of fun after I move to Howard and Billy Phillips small house on Spart Rd. One of our classmate had her come to our get together and she call all of us her girls. She will be miss by everyone that knew her. Sharon and David you will be in our prayers.

    • Your mother was one of the most influential people in life next to my own mother. She always said any female could be a woman but it took a special person to be a lady, and she certainly was one to so many of us.

  • Angelene was a true “lady” who couldn’t help but be loved by all who knew her, no matter in what capacity. When I was a reporter at the Mount Vernon News (1977-85), my contact with Angelene was mainly through her work at the OSU Extension Office (wen that office was well-supported by OSU and offered lots of free workshops to area residents) Angelene was so knowledgeable and always smiling. If you had a question, I’d justpick up the phone and call Angelene — if she didn’t know, she’d get an answer pretty darn quick (of course that was long before the internet could provide speedy answers). She was a lovely lady who will be missed by many.

  • Mrs Phillips was my favorite teacher in school. She was so nice. I saw her in the beauty shop last year and she said never give up keep on going as long as you can. She said she still loved to shop. She sure was a great lady.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to your families,Sharon and David.Angelene was a great teacher and wonderful lady.My mother enjoyed playing cards with her at their monthly card club get togethers.Again our deepest condolences.

  • So sad about your mother. I just seen her the end of last month and played cards with her. She seem good and she told was feeling good too. Our deepest Sympathy.

  • David and Sharon
    I am sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I will have to agree with many
    of the women who have or will send you notes about your mother. What a grand
    lady…Best Home Ec teacher ever . She not only taught us the things Home Ec Teacher teach, but so much more that I will always be grateful to her for. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.

  • Sharon;
    Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I can remember delivering the Mt. Vernon News to their home and later working with John at the IGA. Although I have been in New Mexico for 41 plus years I still have fond memories of the 50’s in Fredericktown.

  • To all of Angelene’s Wonderful Family:

    She really was an angel and a true lady. She was a beautiful role-model and mentor in the field of Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences to many, including myself.

    Her special style, sincerity, and compassion made her a woman of very high integrity. To this day when I judge any Culinary Event I always say to my co-workers that “Angelene would do it this way! Or this is how Angelene taught me!”

    I especially remember how she always described things that are good and precious as “dear”, especially children. I know she was very, very proud of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. God Bless You All! This very “dear” lady will be missed by many!!!

  • Long distance condolences and hugs from the Pennsylvania Browns. Hopefully you can find lots of laughter between the tears in sharing the stories of the Cochran clan legacies (many of which decorum prevents noting here). Celebrate a life well lived. We will be thinking of you.


    Matt Dawn and Lauren

  • Dave

    So sorry about the loss of your mother Angelene.. That is a beautiful name.
    Barb and I will be praying for her at Mass tonight.

    God Bless You and your family
    Tom and Barb

  • So sorry for the loss of a great lady and a super teacher,she was my favorite never caught on to the cooking part of it but I did learn the sewing..She will be greatly missed.

    Jim and Carmen

  • My sympathy to you all! I knew Angeline during her time with OSU Extension. She was a special person who had a lot to offer. Some one who exemplifies the word “Lady”!

  • Dave and family members of Angie, so very, very sorry to hear of her passing, we always had such a good time playing cards and she seem and said she was feeling good the last time the Widows played cards. And if I had a question about either canning or of other she was so good to give me advance. She will certainly be missed. A good friend she was.

  • A truly AMAZING Lady and teacher. I learned so very much from her. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • I’m so thankful to have known Angelene. I first met Angelene @ Knox hospital just a few short years ago. She was a cardiac rehab. participant, Her sweet personalty, and special way with people really left an impression on me. Lifes lessons flowed from her, and everyone benefited! she will truly be missed by myself, and all the other staff at Knox Community Hospital that had the opportunity and the pleasure to be inspired by her, and her can do attitude!

  • Dennis & I are so sorry about the passing of your mother. She was a beautiful lady inside & out. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss, you are all in thoughts and prayers. She as one amazing lady and will sorely be missed.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance
    Frank and Elinor Bartlett

  • Condolences to the family ,I always enjoyed talking with her. She was one of those people , one you remembered , one you looked up to as a person to be like in life.

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy. Mrs. Phillips was a wonderful teacher-not just in school but on how to live your life. Whenever I saw her, she always had a hug and smile. May your memories bring you peace.

  • Sharon, Gary, and family:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your dear Mother. Although we did not know her personally, we admired her for her classiness and great smile.

    May wonderful memories bless you in the days ahead.


    Vickie Marra
    Roger Marra

  • Our deepest sympathy, Dave, Sharon and families! There really are no words to adequately describe what a wonderful lady, teacher and friend “Mrs. Phillips” was to so, so many! Was so happy to be around her again after so long when we moved to the Fairways!! Loved seeing her at Card Club, when we were walking and at all the Fairway functions! Can’t believe we just chatted (Dave) about you celebrating her birthday! Please know Jon and I will be keeping you and all your families in our thoughts and prayers! We pray that all the love for your mom from so many people will help bring you some peace and comfort; She will be remembered by many for many years! “Mrs. Phillips” was always a complete “Class Act”.

  • So sad to hear of Mrs. Phillips passing. Not only was she an amazing teacher but she was a wonderful person. I have great memories of being in her classes. Loved her then….now her now. Rest in peace Mrs. P. <3