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Flora Veronica Phillips

January 13, 1938 - September 13, 2022

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Obituary For Flora Veronica Phillips

Flora Veronica Phillips, age 84, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, in Sutter Creek, CA. She was born on the island of Guam in Agana (USA) on January 13, 1938, a daughter of the late Adela (Calvo) and Enrique Herrero Macias.

During World War II, Japanese war planes struck Guam, only hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Flora and her family were forced to endure the hardships of the Japanese military occupation of Guam that followed. The family later uprooted and moved to Hayward, CA while maintaining their Guamanian traditions. Even with the adversities, Flora spoke fondly of playing in the Pacific Ocean and climbing coconut trees with her brothers and sisters on Guam as child.

Flora married and then raised her children in Sutter Creek, CA. She worked in sales at various department stores and later became the Director of the Visitor’s Center at Mule Creek State Prison. A devoted Catholic, she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the Young Ladies Institute. Flora led by example, generously helping and volunteering in the service of others. Her civic participation as an election poll worker for over a decade and fundraising efforts towards various charities were among the many activities she was involved with. She enjoyed taking part in her children’s school and activities, gardening, playing piano and card games, dancing and traveling. Flora made friends with ease and shared her caring and hospitable nature with anyone she encountered. Cooking, baking and hosting gatherings for friends and loved ones was one of her greatest pleasures.

To Flora, family was everything. She is survived by four daughters, Donna Wurm and husband Bobby of Pine Grove, CA, Melanie Gold and husband Troy of Ione, CA, Terri VanOrder and husband Jeremy of Meridian, ID, and Jennifer Phillips Rawlings and husband Ed of Brooklyn, NY. She is also survived by two sisters, Eleanor Ramsey and Valentina Turman as well as grandchildren, Jake Fenley (Tanya), Tyler Fenley (Silvana), Cody Gold (Ronnie), Kendall Gold Adams (Seth), Kierstyn Gold Randolph (Dax), Dustin Stephens (Tori), and Adeline Rawlings; great grandchildren, Weston & Fallon Gold, Jaxon Randolph, and Brynlee Adams. Flora was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and three sisters.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church - 20 Relihan Drive, Ione, CA. Rosary Prayer Service will begin at 11:15 am followed by Mass at 12 noon. Please wear a splash of yellow signifying Flora’s favorite color and sunny disposition.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Flora Phillips to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services

23 Sep

Rosary

11:15 AM

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 20 E Washington St Ione, CA 95640 Get Directions »
23 Sep

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 PM

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 20 E Washington St Ione, CA 95640 Get Directions »
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  • 09/23/2022

    Dear Donna and family, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. We remember her being sweet and kind. We think everyone will remember that way. Take care, Ted & Eileen Fenley Shannon Gottstein

  • 09/20/2022

    Dear Donna and Family: I want to say how sorry I am to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a wonderful lady and I enjoyed so much talking and visiting with her at church. When she found out that I had worked with you at Preston, we had an instant bonding with each other. I was always so happy to see her and she always made me feel like she felt happy to see me too. I am so glad I got to know her. I will miss her deeply but am so glad that God gave me the blessing of knowing her. My sincere condolences to you and your sisters. Love, Sue Miguel

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