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Kathryn J. Phillips nicknamed “SilverLady” passed peacefully with all her children present on November 8th, 2017, she was 75 years old. Born the fourth child to Hertha and Julius Lerke in Benton Harbor, Michigan on 15 June 1942. She was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Hertha Lerke and nieces Julie Stambaugh and Debbie Marks. Survivors include daughters Robin Weakley and husband Rick Weakley, Heidi Dauria and husband John Dauria; sons Brick and Dean Phillips; grandsons, Stone and his wife Ona, Coal, and Brock Phillips; brother, Bob Lerke and wife Dianna Lerke; sisters, Marion Stambaugh and husband Gene Stambaugh, Betty Marks and husband Larry Marks, and Diana Dubman and husband Allen Dubman; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Kathryn graduated Benton Harbor High School in Benton Harbor Michigan, when she was young she enjoyed summers at Jean Klock Park and Rocky Gap and she worked as a waitress most of her life. She loved gambling and having fun. She moved to Florida in the 1990’s and lived in the Florida Keys for a while enjoying the beaches and the sun. Later she settled in Deerfield Beach and worked as a licensed Realtor. Her years of retirement have been spent in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She loved her family dearly and was known to all the grandbabies as “Mema”. Family memorial ceremony will be held for close family members. Consistent with her wishes she will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered along the beach of Lake Michigan, she would ask you all to raise a glass and toast in celebration of her life and the memories, but do not shed a tear, she lived a full and happy life with no regrets. Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.OklahomaCityCremation.com
Kim Cox says
Love & condolences to all. All my summers at Jean Klock Park with her & Robin will always be wonderful memories of my childhood. In the mornings when I was little, she would make me cocoa wheats before school, she liked them lumpy, haha. I smile fondly when she taught me to “swim” at the age of 3, when she threw me in the deep end of the pool in New Orleans, and said swim, and I did, laughing. I have always honored Kathy in every adult vacation I have ever taken, by jumping up & down on the hotel bed, lol. Something I always did with my daughter when she was little, we always did it together, now she does it. Kathys lil legend in my life, will live forever on.See, when we were in New Orleans together, my Mom and her were inseperable best friends, and they took Robin & me with to “Nawlins”. Robin & I were so excited when we got to the hotel room, that we were jumping on the beds, got caught and caught a whoopin’. It was worth the legend living on. OMGosh, which leads me to remembering Kathy holding me down at the age of 10, successfully taking my gum out of my mouth, because I wouldnt stop snapping/smacking & popping it. How her & Mom always took us to the Blossom Parade, just so they could see the Indianapolis Motorcycle guys. Mom & Kathy worked every restaurant together, in St. Joe & Benton Harbor. From Hollys Landing, Sinbad West and every new restaurant that ever opened in the Twin Cities, they rocked ’em; they were both smoking hot. My fav was the Indian/Pocahontas uniforms they wore. And did I mention the marriage proposals? These ladies had tons!! Many lovely memories. Much love & peace to the whole families. Kim Cox