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Lucille Pettit Phillips, age 97, of Wayland, passed away on Friday, February 10 2017. 

The daughter of Lyman & Clara (Hodge) Pettit, she was born on May 1, 1919 in Newark, N.J. and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

She graduated from Erasmus High School and extended her education at a secretarial school in Manhattan.  Her first job was with a publishing firm whose windows overlooked Rockefeller Center.  While in high school, she met the love of her life, William “Bill” Watson Phillips.  Because of family difficulties, they eloped and were married at Fort Devon, Massachusetts, where Bill was stationed, on August 18, 1941.  They were happily married for 64 years. 

After WW2, they moved to New Providence N.J. where their two children, Gail Lucille (Phillips) Hollinger (1948) and Gordon Scott Phillips (1954) were born and grew up.  She retired from the Summit, N.J. Police Force where she was, for many years, the secretary for the Chief of Police.  Following her retirement, she began painting with watercolors, some of which are now proudly displayed by her descendants.  She loved gardening and kept the house filled with plants and flowers. 

Lucille was preceded in death by her older sister, Virginia (Pettit) Soffel; older brother, Lincoln Pettit; and her loving husband, Bill Phillips. In addition to her two children, Lucille leaves behind five beloved grandchildren, Kristy Hollinger, Micah Hollinger, Alexis Stinnett, Skyler Phillips, and Victoria Phillips; and three great grandchildren, Colt Stinnett, Jett Stinnett, and Arianna Phillips. 

A memorial service will be held May 1, 2017 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek, where her ashes will be interred next to those of her beloved husband.

Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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