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Sarah Ansley Rollins Phillips

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Sarah Ansley Rollins Phillips, 89, died in Bellefontaine on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in the home of her daughter.

She was born in Logan County on Jan. 1, 1924, to Grover and Minnie Ansley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Willard I. Rollins, and a daughter, Marcia A. Lane.

Sarah (fondly known as Sally) was also preceded in death by her siblings, Hildred Chism (Don), Alice Mae Malarkey (Richard), George Ansley (Jane), Paul Ansley (Margaret); in-laws, Samuel and Bertha Rollins, and sister-in-law Wanda Hurst (Dick). In 1996, she married Calvin L. Phillips, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Green (James), son-in-law, Dennis Lane (MaryJane); and three grandchildren: Jennifer Darr (Roger), Ryan Lane (Shelly), and Carrie Yoder (Colin); nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Pat Magness (Lee), Phil Phillips (Barbara), Penny Phillips (Mike Brown), Robin Phillips (Richard Connor) and Joy Phillips (Paul Craley); and numerous stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.

Sally was a devoted Christian wife and mother. As an active, longtime member of the Rushsylvania Church of Christ, she served as its treasurer for 38 years and many years as superintendent of the children’s ministry. Since 1996, she attended First Christian Church in Johnson City, Tenn., and was an active and loyal member of the Win-A-Kuple class.

After returning to Ohio in 2010 to live with her daughter, she attended the First United Presbyterian Church in  Bellefontaine.

In addition to her many church responsibilities, she was a wonderful homemaker and accomplished hostess to friends and family. She also worked outside the home at Hartley and Nicholl and Culligan Water Conditioning, both in Bellefontaine, for a combined 29 years. When not working, Sally dearly loved to fish, garden, paint, entertain in her home, and to travel.

Sally was her family’s gift from God, and we now lovingly return her to His care.

Calling is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. The funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Friday in the First United Presbyterian Church in Bellefontaine, followed by a graveside committal service in the Rushsylvania Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, 117 North Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311 and Rushsylvania Church of Christ, P.O. Box 386, 170 E. Mill St., Rushsylvania, OH 43347.

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