We all simply knew her as "Patsy" and she will be remembered for her gentle soul, gracious smile, and contagious laughter which could brighten anyone's day. What she leaves behind can never be engraved in stone but will be written in our hearts forever.
Patsy began her life as the only child born to George & Dorothy Delaney on March 2, 1939, in Middleton, Massachusetts. In her youth, she developed a passion for ice skating and at one time qualified for a position with the Ice Capades. In 1959, Patsy married Wade Phillips, a handsome young soldier stationed at Ft Devens, MA., and after separation from military service, they relocated to Wade's home town of Abilene, KS. Patsy ultimately became a lifetime resident of Abilene and shared her love for the city with Wade during his various terms as Mayor of Abilene. In addition to raising two of her own, Patsy loved all children. She never knew a stranger and beyond measure, was well known for her empathic love of animals, adopting and caring for several throughout her lifetime. Patsy's love of people was evident as she greeted many customers over her 35 year career as a highly respected sales clerk at a Liquor Store (spanning four ownerships) in West Abilene. She also enjoyed entertaining, camping, and participating with her husband in car racing, Shriners events and fundraisers.
Patsy passed to her eternal home on May 31st, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wade Phillips in 1991, sister-in-law Deanne Phillips Wright in 2018, and her daughter Andrea Phillips Gibson in 2019. She is survived by her son Kevin Phillips, son-in-law Ty Gibson, grandson Justin Ramsey, granddaughter Kelsey (Kyle) Allen, brothers-in-law Dennis (Lil) Phillips, Brian (Jane) Phillips, and Earl Wright.
A Memorial Celebration will be planned at a later date. Memorial Contributions in Patsy's name may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Online: https://lovetotherescue.org/. Phone: 855-365-4438. Mail: Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438.