Beatrice K. Phillips

The Star Democrat - - OBITUARIES -

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA — Beatrice K. “Bea” Phillips, of El­iz­a­beth­town, PA, for­merly of Eas­ton, MD, passed away on Mon­day, Novem­ber 5, 2018 at Ma­sonic Vil­lage, El­iz­a­beth­town. Born Tues­day, March 13, 1934, she was the daugh­ter of the late Ed­ward and Anna (Bar­rett) Law­son. She was mar­ried 52 years to John D. Phillips also of El­iz­a­beth­town.

Bea was raised in Philadel­phia and at­tended South Philadel­phia High School for Girls. Then she went to our na­tion’s first hos­pi­tal, es­tab­lished in 1751, the Penn­syl­va­nia Hos­pi­tal, where she grad­u­ated as a reg­is­tered nurse. Her first love was Lankanau Hos­pi­tal, run by the Lutheran church, so she ap­plied to work there and grad­u­ally be­came the Se­nior Evening Su­per­vi­sor. One of her pa­tients was a woman who des­per­ately wanted Bea to meet her son and 10 years later when her son was in his last year of law school, Bea not only met but mar­ried him.

After mar­riage, Bea moved to the Bal­ti­more area where she was em­ployed by the Bal­ti­more City Pub­lic Health De­part­ment. Later the Health De­part­ment sent her to Johns Hop­kins for spe­cial train­ing as a Pe­di­atric Nurse Prac­ti­tioner. With this train­ing Bea was in charge of the health of the chil­dren in six of the Bal­ti­more pub­lic and parochial schools.

She and her hus­band then moved to Ca­tonsville, MD, where she formed a min­istry with the ag­ing at Salem Lutheran Church. Her min­istry would raise money so nurs­ing home pa­tients in the area, many of whom had not left their nurs­ing home in over 10 years, could come to their church, par­tic­u­larly on Holy Wed­nes­day where they would re­ceive re­fresh­ments and Easter bas­kets after the re­li­gious ser­vice.

She and her hus­band re­tired in 1987 and built a home in In­gle­ton on the Miles River in Mary­land where they lived for 26 years be­fore com­ing to Lon­don­derry. While in In­gle­ton, Bea vol­un­teered many hours each week at the Pines, again bring­ing out­side stim­u­la­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties to the nurs­ing home pa­tients. As a mem­ber of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Cathe­dral, Eas­ton, Bea was a Lay Eucharis­tic Min­is­ter. In 1997 she took the Clin­i­cal Pas­toral Ed­u­ca­tion course at Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal and vis­ited all Epis­co­pal res­i­dents at Wil­liam Hill, and did all mu­sic for the weekly ser­vices.

In her spare time, Bea en­joyed work­ing on fam­ily ge­neal­ogy. She and her hus­band watched Lon­don­derry grow over the years and when their house sold, they moved to Lon­don­derry in Fe­bru­ary 2013. She and her hus­band then moved to Ma­sonic Vil­lage in June 2016.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14 at John S. Sell Me­mo­rial Chapel, Ma­sonic Vil­lage, El­iz­a­beth­town at 10 a.m. There will be no view­ing. In­ter­ment will take place in Oak Lawn Ceme­tery in Wilkes-Barre, PA, at 1:30 p.m.

Donations in Bea’s mem­ory may be made to Ma­sonic Chil­dren’s Home, Of­fice of Gift Plan­ning, One Ma­sonic Drive, El­iz­a­beth­town, PA 17022.

Ar­range­ments en­trusted to Miller-Finken­binder Fu­neral Home & Cre­ma­tory, El­iz­a­beth­town, PA 717-3671543.

Mem­o­ries and con­do­lences may be shared at www. Finken­binderFam­ily.com.

BEATRICE K. PHILLIPS

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