Mary P. Phillips
Mary Pearl (Richburg) Phillips 91, passed away peacefully on January 31st at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center surrounded by her daughter and friends. She was the wife of the late Harold L. Phillips and the late Robert K. Smith. Mary was born on June 8, 1926 in Luverne, Alabama, the sixth child of Luther Stevenson and Annie Lee Vera (Kennedy) Richburg. Her family included brothers Ary Max (Vivian) Richburg, and James Luther Richburg. Mary had 3 older sisters; Persis Odessa (Joseph) Morrow, Murray Allen (Herbert) Martin, and Mora Louise (George Raymond) Davidson. Her brothers, brothers-in-law, and her 1st husband Robert all served in WWII. Mary is survived by her daughter, Patricia Dian Smith of Cranston with whom she lived, and her younger sister Lottie Black (John) Watts of Panama City Beach, Florida. She also leaves 5 grandchildren; Isabelle Victoria, Thomas, Marie, Kenneth, and Michael, 6 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her 2 sons, Richard E. and Kenneth R. Smith. Mary came to Rhode Island to her husband Robert’s family home, and was a stay at home mom while her children were young. After her first husband passed away, and her children were grown, she remarried and moved back to Florida. She went back to school and became a Certified Nursing Assistant, enjoying this career until she retired at the age of 70. She loved her 2nd husband Harold, her grandchildren, and the white Florida Beaches. Mary loved her animals, even the ones that lived in the yard. She and her sister Lottie cared for all the stray animals in the neighborhood. Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 10th at 11:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the servicebeginning at 10:00am. Burial at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Johnston will be on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to PAAWs R.I. 2944 Post Road Warwick, R.I. 02886.
Max. Norman Richburg - 02/06/2018
A lovely Aunt will be missed by many
jamie richburg - 02/06/2018
in my mid-twenties i left the South for the wild West.Bi-yearly i returned for years to visit my Mama and siblings but except for Terry and Murray Martin and once Max Richburg i lost touch with my other relatives.but in my youth i remember Aunt Mary and her frequent generosity for my family when we hit hard times.at Christmastime some years the only presents under the tree were from Daddy's sisters Odessa, Murray,Louise,and Mary.Thank you all.you taught me it's better to give than receive.
Peg Medeiros-02/06/2018 - 02/06/2018
My deepest condolences to you Pat for the loss of your Mom. I hope all the wonderful memories you have will sustain you through this difficult time. Love Peg
Pat Smith 2/7/2018 - 02/07/2018
My beautiful Mommy, rest in peace. Love, your daughter Patsy "Best Mom Ever"
Carolyn Leonard - 02/07/2018
Pat, Your Mom was a lovely lady, thoughtful and kind and could always see the best in everyone. She will be deeply missed.
Laurie Pierce - 02/09/2018
Pat, I was so sorry to hear that Aunt Mary had passed away. She was such a sweet lady, and I have many fond memories of her, especially from my childhood when we would visit her and Uncle Harold in Englewood. Rayburn and I will keep you in our prayers.