Juanita June Phillips, 87, of Washington Court House, Ohio died peacefully Monday, December 7, 2020, at 1:52 p.m. at her home following an extended illness.

Juanita was born March 11, 1933, in Bainbridge, Ohio to Donald Enoch and Eva Campbell Everhart.  She was a 1951 graduate of New Holland High School and lived most of her life in Fayette County.

She was a homemaker, director and teacher of Kiddie Care Day Care, and Meals on Wheels.  She had been a substitute aide and volunteer for Miami Trace School District.  Her son, Bob, once said, “Mom lived for the care of the next generation.”  Her life’s works reflect that.   Juanita always said her favorite job was providing childcare for her grandson for several years.

Juanita was a member of the First Baptist Church for many years where she also taught Sunday school.  She had also served as a den mother for the Boy Scouts.  She loved reading, flower gardening and spending time with family.

She was a wonderful wife, mom, grandma, and great grandma and was dearly loved by many.

On May 28, 1951, she married her only boyfriend, Richard Osborne Phillips.  He preceded her in death on March 10, 2003.  She was also preceded by her parents; step-mother, Dorothy Robinett; foster parents, Wendell and Pauline Kirkpatrick; siblings, Martha Dresbaugh, Harold Everhart, Robert Everhart, John McCoy, Lenna Moore and Donald Everhart and foster brother, Kenny Kirkpatrick.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jo Lynn Phillips of Washington Court House and Robert and Bonnie Phillips of Cincinnati; three grandchildren, Sara DiLandro and her husband, Greg, Kyle Phillips and Justin Phillips; two great grandchildren, Tyler and Tenley DiLandro; siblings, Judy Thompson, Jim (Barb) Everhart, Kenny (Sandy) Everhart and Frank (Carol) Everhart; sisters-in-law, Carol Everhart and Judy Everhart; brother-in-law, Robert Moore; foster sister-in-law, Jodi Kirkpatrick; special niece/caregiver, Sandi Thompson; special friends, Karen and Mike Wilson and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, December 11, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Church with Pastor Jay Lucas, minister at the church, officiating.  A private burial, in New Holland Cemetery, will immediately follow the service.

Friends may call at the Grace Community Church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family wishes the extend their sincere thanks to Fresenius Kidney Care and Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County for the special loving care they provided Juanita.

Due to Covid-19, those attending are requested to wear a wear mask or face covering and observe social distancing.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.


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  • Kevin J. Smith says:

    What a delightful Lady and now an Angel. She was such a very important part of my life growing up as she was to so many others. Full of smiles and always so kind. Our Cub Scout meetings which always started and ended with a hug. Her kindness and caring nature passed on through generations as she nurtured our children at Kiddie Care and how wonderful and exciting their experiences were everyday and the personal love and kindness she shared with every child. David and Bobby Thank-you for sharing your Mother with me and all of us who knew her as a second mother. God Bless

    • Thank you Kevin for your kind words. Juanita loved working with children and made it her life’s work. She just told us last week how working with children had enriched her life. She was a special person and although we will miss her we have wonderful memories to carry us on. We appreciate hearing how she touched your life as well!
      Much love to you from the Phillips’ Family

  • Paula Monahan says:

    Bonnie and Bob, what a lovely tribute to your Mother/in law…. It’s not difficult to understand, Bob, your big heart and calming demeanor ..it was apparant that . you and your brother were very proud to call her “Mom.”
    From where I’ve been standing all of these years, I saw nothing but love and caring for her and her welfare was always at the forefront… I’m sure she felt that all of the time and it provided her with much peace.

    So now , I wish you , Bonnie, your brother and her beloved grandkids peace in the memories of all of the loving care you provided for her every step of the way….the close family unit that you all enjoyed was to be admired and cherished.
    Love and all of God’s peace be with you and your family…and with your Mother who was obviously very loved and cherished…and have peace in remembering how much you all contributed to her joy and happiness.
    May God bless you all during this difficult time of loss.
    Love you guys….Paula

    • Bonnie says:

      Thanks so much Paula. She had a life well lived and we’re forever thankful for the impact she had on our lives.