Jean Phillips

A photo of Jean Phillips


Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown
Saturday April 15, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Reception at the Ridgetown Legion
to follow.

It is with deep love and sadness that we announce the recent unexpected passing of Jean Phillips (McMillan) of Highgate, ON. Jean passed away peacefully, at the age of 80, at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on March 8, 2023 surrounded by family and friends. Jean was born in Chatham on February 9, 1943 to her late parents, Doug and Vera McMillan. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Cheryl Hammett (Scott) of Thamesford, Donna Phillips of London, her only sister Ruth Scott (late Bill) of Blenheim; her grandchildren Kelsey Hammett, Brent (Maddie) Hammett, Austin and Bree Merulla, son-in-law Mike Merulla; and extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband, Wray Phillips and her daughter, Karen Merulla.

Jean will be remembered for her many accomplishments and dedication to the nursing profession. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1964 and maintained meaningful friendships with many of her classmates. She enjoyed attending annual reunions with the St. Joseph’s Hospital Alumni. Jean was an active member of the Women’s Institute and volunteered her time at Revera Village on the Ridge (Ridgetown). She was known as an amazing seamstress, as well as a loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend.

Always an avid horse lover, Jean was a longstanding member of the American Saddlebred Association and their Zone Club, as well as the Canadian Arabian Horse Association and their Zone 1 Arabian Club. She frequently entered the ring as an active participant in the Silver Shadow Horse Shows and enjoyed taking part in classes at the CNE, Western Fair and local Fall Fairs. Her love for animals was apparent by her dedication to all of her animals. She will be greatly missed by her miniature horse, Diego, her beloved horses, Ali and Careb, as well as her beautiful and colorful peacocks, chickens and goats whom she lovingly cared for over the years. She also leaves behind her German Shepherd dog, Juno, who she regarded as her faithful companion and best friend. Jean and Ruth also enjoyed group get togethers, day trips, musicals, plays and meals out. We are also grateful to her friends in the horse world who arranged extra gatherings over the years at the farm, including a surprise 80th birthday party where many of us enjoyed “men in kilts”; was a nice surprise for all.

Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of her friends and neighbours who took the time to regularly stop by her home for a visit. A special thank you to Caleb Schippers and Brooklyn Bowman for their extra help doing many different tasks; and Jean’s close friend and neighbour, Peg Conroy and family, for accompanying Jean on day trips, taking her to appointments and keeping her company. Thanks to the Doctor’s nurses at Windsor Regional Hospital and Chatham Kent Health Alliance.

There will be a Celebration of Life observance, for those who would like to say their last goodbye to Jean, on the 15th of April, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, 13146 Reeders Line, Ridgetown, followed by a get together at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 243, 75 Main Street East, Ridgetown. In lieu of flowers please consider a Donation to the Four Counties Health Services Adult Day Program, 4-H Programs, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Chatham-Kent Hospice, Animal Welfare or a charity of your choice.

We ask that you take a moment to hug your family and friends.

~Always loved, Forever missed, Never Forgotten~

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l was in the same nursing class as Jean and was so happy to see everyone last September at our first nursing reunion after covid. She looked healthy and displayed her usual quiet I was shocked and saddened to learn that she died. Her obituary tells of a rich family life, doing what she loved and contributing to society.. .but her sudden death is so hard for the family. I wish you some peace in your sorrow. Lynn Knill

Dear Donna, I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I remember Jean made me the prettiest lilac prom dress - she was so talented. The days ahead will be hard; but as time passes, the hurt will ease and the cherished memories will take its place. Big hugs to you Friend! Heather

Dear Donna and Family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I never met your Mom but she sounds amazing. May you be comforted by your family and friends and may your happy memories outweigh any sadness. God bless, from your LPS colleague

Always a fun outing with Jean regardless of the reason 🐴 We spent many day’s travelling the roads with our horses to too many events to count. Always an adventure whether it was going to shows or making show clothes in her basement. Grad, Prom and other special outfits came out of there too. Movies, parties live streaming the Royal Winter Fair or just hanging out were always relaxing and always great food. She will so terribly be missed. Love you Jean. RIP.

We hope that knowing others care will bring strength and comfort to you at this most difficult time. Remembering with fondness Jean's talent in suppying our granddaughter with a doll and matching outfit for her many years ago. A real keepsake! Thank you again.

Donna and family- thinking of all of you. Your mom was the best. So many fun memories of being at the farm and I was always amazed with her creations with the Pfaff sewing machine!! Until life is gentle again - take care. Cupcake

Donna and family, our thoughts are with you, hugs from all of us. Leslie, Mark, Ryan and Grace

My condolences to Jeans family friends and neighbors. I worked in the dietary department at FCHS while Jean ran the Sunshine Club (Senior Day Program). I’ve fond memories of those days with Jean. She was a wonderful person, organizer, and crafter. I knew her for awhile and I was blessed to have had her in my life.

Jean was a great nursing classmate. Enjoyed her her calm , cheerful approach to issues we all faced Great memories.

I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences and sympathies are sent to you

Ruth, our deepest sympathy in the loss of your sister💔.

Thinking of you Donna and sending our love. Your mom was an incredible lady with many talents and a huge heart. May you treasure the memories spent with her and know she will always be by your side ❤️

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady and Sydney shared her passion for horses. Sydney loved talking with her at the farm about her horses Diego, Ali and Careb. Sydney also enjoyed riding with Jean down the road and in the bush. She was a remarkable lady to still get up on those horses independently to ride! Thinking of all of you!

Thinking of all of you. Carol

Donna ,Cheryl and your families. I am truly sorry about your moms passing. May beautiful memories sustain you during this time of sorrow. Thinking of .

Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I am thinking about you and sending you a hug. Janet

my condolence to you on your mom and your family.

Dear Donna, and Jean’s family and friends. So sorry for your loss. Wishing you strength courage and peace. Sincere condolences.

Cheryl, Donna, Ruth & families - Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Jean, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. May the peace that comes from memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days to come.

So very sorry for the loss of your Mom, Donna! Thinking of you at this difficult time. Cindy

Ruth. My sincere condolences

Very sorry to hear about your mom Donna, I only met her once many years ago, but she was lovely and friendly Lynne

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Jana Thompson & Tom Paine

Donna, Cheryl n family, our deepest condolences on the passing of Jean. Her beautiful smile, great conversations and her love for her horses will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family 🙏

Ruth......thinking of you. God bless.

Dear Ruth . . . Sending our sincere condolences in the passing of Jean. May you and Jean's family be blessed with comfort and peace in the coming days. Take care, Cheryl and Fred

Ruth: Sorry to hear of Jean's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ruth we are so sorry to read of your sister's passing. Hugs and prayers for you.

I am so very sorry for your loss Jean was a lovely lady and we will remember her fondly

Our deepest condolences

Donna, Cheryl and family Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Marion Garrod Don & Denise Graham

I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I knew her through Helen and spent a few horsey adventures with her . I will miss her warm smile and gentle ways. She was just truly such a lovely lady.

Ruth: We are sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jean was a lovely lady with a quick smile and a laugh. I knew her through our mutual love of horses. She was very caring to her four legged friends and always eager to share her knowledge with others. She will certainly be missed by her family and friends. My condolences to all.

Sincere condolences….. hope you find comfort with family and friends , share all your good memories! BJ and Bob Spencer

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go with you