Karlene Naomi Phillips, 83, Nevada, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada, following an illness of several months. She was born July 29, 1928, in Horton, Mo., to Karl Frank Buhr and Rilla Maud Robison Buhr. She was married May 29, 1947, in Fort Scott, Kan., to George Phillips and he preceded her in death Feb. 17, 1976.
Mrs. Phillips was born and raised in the Horton and Metz area and spent her entire life here. She graduated from Metz High School. Karlene worked for 18 years as a cook in the Metz school system, a vocation she was very proud of. She worked for a time as tax collector for the Metz Township. She was a member of the Metz Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school, was church treasurer, a member of the Bible Study Group, and a member of the Metz Willing Workers. Karlene loved to play dominoes with her ladies group.
Survivors include four children, Sandra Jones and her husband, Gary, Nevada, Sue Kennedy and Larry McCoy, Rich Hill, Mo., Bill Phillips, Metz, Mo., and Georgia Charles and her husband, Joe, Richards, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Lewis Buhr and his wife, Ethel, Pleasant Hill, Mo., Kenneth Buhr and his wife, Sue, Deepwater, Mo., Ronald Buhr, Butler, Mo., and Forrest Buhr, Port St. Lucia, Fla.; two sisters, Joy Hill and her husband, Don, Deepwater, Mo., and Emma Robbins and her husband, Bill, Central Point, Ore.; two aunts, Madlyne Hopkins, Gladstone, Mo., and Elnora Wallace, Walker, Mo.; and one uncle, Dick Robison Chico, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Luke Phillips and Clay Charles; one great-granddaughter, Victoria Brown; and pet, Pumpkin Kitty.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Randy Handly officiating. Interment will follow at National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.
Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, and the family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, Aug. 28, between 6 and 7 p.m.
Contribution may be made to the Metz Methodist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada.
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