Phoebe Phillips of Whidbey Island and a 25-year resident of Maple Valley, died Feb. 25, 2003, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Phoebe was raised in Bozeman, Mont., and attended Seattle Pacific University where she earned a degree in education.
She taught elementary school in the Burien School District. She enjoyed teaching and was able to positively impact many young lives. Being an animal lover, she left teaching and opened Head To Tails Pet Grooming in Oak Harbor in 1994 where she and her staff would groom as many as 30 pets a day.
Phoebe had a great love and devotion to her family of whom she frequently spoke with pride. She leaves behind her husband, Dennis Phillips, two daughters, Amanda and Kellie Phillips, and her brother Robbie Green. She was preceded in death by her parents, Irene and Robbie Green of Bozeman, Mont.
Mrs. Phillips was a highly respected breeder of champion standard long-haired Dachshunds, having a dog in the top 10 of the breed in 2001, as well as being a recipient of having the Dachshund Club of America’s Top Brood Bitch of the Year.
Mrs. Phillips was known for her extraordinary kindness, gentle spirit, genuine caring and her ready smile. Even in difficult times she always had an encouraging word for those around her. She was a loving mother, the model of good sportsmanship in the dog world, and an honest and conscientious businesswoman. Those who were fortunate enough to know this exceptional woman will miss her greatly.
A celebration of life in Mrs. Phillips’ honor is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Church of the Nazarene, 1525 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way.
Arrangements are by Yahn and Son Funeral Home of Auburn.