Norma Jean Phillips

December 28, 1929 ‒ April 08, 2011

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Norma Jean (Burson) Phillips was born 12/28/29 in Belleville, OH to Alva and Alice

Burson. She was known as Jeannie to her family and friends and lived most of her

life in Mount Vernon, OH. She retired to Fredericktown with her husband, Dale, who

predeceased her in 2006. They were married for 59 years.

She can best be described as a caregiver and supportive parent and grandparent. She

cared for her husband the last 25 years of his life. She took great joy in providing

support for her children as they raised their young families. She did it all, from putting

grandsons on buses in the early morning hours to providing a fun weekend outing for

her grandchildren, and at the same time, a much appreciated night out for her children.

She stayed actively interested in her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives and

loved to receive calls and cards with the latest news and photos as they began their lives’


She enjoyed summer vacations in Michigan and a few trips to Florida, but as an avid

reader she made many exotic journeys all over the world. Jean always had a kind word

for everyone and would lend a helping hand and aid when it was needed. She will be

missed but warmly remembered for the example she was of a person who lived her life

honorably, in service to others, and maintained an optimistic attitude when faced with

many of life’s challenges.

Jean is survived by her children; Dennis (Susan) Phillips, Diane Phillips, and Karen

(Patrick) McLarnan, her grandchildren; Chris Watters, Jason (Wendi) Phillips, Nicole

(Tony) Schulte, Aaron Phillips, John (Emilee) McLarnan, and Seth Wells, and great

grandchildren; Kyle Schulte, Abbie Phillips, Nicholas Schulte, Kaitlyn Schulte, and

Maria Schulte.

Her siblings that survive are Margie Swank and Janet Page. She was predeceased by

brothers Stan Burson, Douglas Burson, and Duane Burson.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Forest Cemetery in

Fredericktown beginning at 11 AM. The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is

Honored to serve the family of Norma Jean Phillps.

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