Shirley Cockerill Phillips

Shirley PhillipsShirley Cockerill Phillips, 81, of Rushville died at 1:40 a.m. July 20, 2018, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

She was born Oct. 22, 1936, in Scott County, a daughter of Perry and Hazel Floyd Six. She married Dale Cockerill on June 4, 1954, in Jacksonville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 1977. She later married Robert E. “Bob” Phillips on March 9, 1979, in Rushville. He survives.

Also surviving are three children, Terry (and Linda) Cockerill of Jacksonville, Kimberly (and David Randall) Hill of Arenzville and Keli (and Mark) Schoonover of Rushville; three stepdaughters, Cindy (and Rick) Sloan and Sherri Phillips, both of Wiggins, Miss., and Terri (and Tom) Kerr of Rushville; one sister, Norma (and Mike) Koyne of Jacksonville; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one infant twin son, Gary Cockerill; one brother, Leroy Six; and seven sisters, Laura Steinmann, Dorothy Oris, Virginia Hocking, Pauline Cumby, Violet Neece, Esther Barfield and an infant sister.

She was a 1954 graduate of Bluffs High School. She first worked at Farmers State Bank and later at JC Penney, both in Jacksonville. She later worked for Schuy-Labs, the What’zit Shop, Feigls Grocery Store and Peabody Coal in Rushville. She owned and operated, with her husband Bob, Pot Pourri Flowers in Rushville from 1979 until retiring in 1994.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rushville. She was a volunteer with the HELP Center in Rushville.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with David Haney officiating. Private burial will be in the Green Cemetery, near Bluffs at a later date.

Memorials may be made to her church or the Liver Foundation at the Mayo Clinic.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/25/2018


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