Maxine A. Sterritt Phillips

October 07, 1934 ‒ December 04, 2007

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Maxine A. Sterritt Phillips, age 73, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2007, at the Morrow County Hospital Extended Care Facility following a battle with multiple strokes.

She was born in Bennington Township of Morrow County on October 7, 1934, the daughter of the late Keith and Sylvia (Douglas) Sterritt. Maxine graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1952.

In 1958, Maxine’s parents founded Keith’s flower shop and green house in Edison, and as a family they have dedicated their lives to this shop. The original shop caught fire, forcing them to relocate in 1969 and they have been a fixture on the Mount Gilead square ever since. Truly, Maxine was devoted to the people of Morrow County, caring for each and every person who would call and place an order. With all of her years of experience, she had a knack for arranging flowers, her favorite being lilacs, all while operating the business as well.

Often the first in attendance, Maxine was a lifelong member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed quilting with a group of friends every Thursday.

When Maxine wasn’t arranging flowers, she enjoyed tending to her garden at home, crafts and sewing.

With a love for sports, Maxine was her grandchildren’s biggest fan. She loved her Cleveland Indians, and Ohio State Buckeyes. Also for many years, Maxine enjoyed bowling for Keith’s Flower Shop team.

In 1973, Maxine married her loving husband of thirty four years, Harold Phillips, who survives at the Morrow County Extended Care Facility.

She will be missed by her son, Ron (Linda) Mathews of Mount Gilead; her daughter, Terri (Jack) Wilson of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren: Crissy (Rory) Burgin of Mt. Sterling, Bobbi Jo (Bob) Everly of Galion, Nikki (Tim) Swalley of Mount Gilead, and Stacy (Shane) Gabriel of Galion; adopted granddaughter, Sonia (Steve) Fry of Marion; nine great-grandchildren: Destiny, Toni, Madison, Collin, Ryan, Elliot, Ciara, Ian and Megan; five step-children: Wes (Emily) Phillips of Galion, Brad Phillips of Mount Gilead, Dinah Phillips of Fulton, Teresa (Jim) Lupton of Mount Gilead, and Genell (Ed) Ryon of Groveland, Florida; thirteen step grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren; her brother, Floyd (Esther) Sterritt of Mount Gilead; former husband, Clarence Mathews of Galion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Maxine was preceded in death by her grandson, Tony Mathews; and two step-children: Michael and Jenny Phillips.

Her family will greet friends on Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mount Gilead, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Ron Heasley officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan Komen for the Cure, 855 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215, or to the Relay for Life Candlewood Lake Team, c/o Floyd Sterritt, 334 W. High St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

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Keith’s Flower Shop has now changed hands, passing from Maxine’s family to Jean Beck’s. Maxine’s family hopes that the community supports Jean the same as has always been extended to ours.