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Annie King Phillips

March 2, 1920 December 5, 2018
Annie King Phillips
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Annie King Phillips, the youngest child of Willard and Mamie King, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 2, 1920, while they were on a trip. She lived in Washington, D.C. for the next 90 years until she moved to Naperville, Illinois in 2010. She was a graduate of the Washington, D.C. historic Dunbar High school in 1936 and was the first in her family to earn a college degree.

A renaissance woman, before it was popular, she got her undergraduate degree at Miners Teachers College, now part of the University of the District of Columbia. She then got her first Master’s degree in Counseling at New York University. Her first career was as an elementary school teacher, specializing in kindergarten through third grade instruction. She put her Master’s degree to work in the 1960’s as a counselor at Lafayette Elementary School.

In 1972, she changed course and went to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning a Master’s in Public Health Administration. Her new career allowed her to become involved in projects as opening the first Community Health Center in the Nation’s Capitol and bringing health services to remote areas in the southern states and to isolated Native American communities. She retired from formal employment in health care financing and was manager of an inner-city health care facility.

Not content with inactivity in retirement, she served on the Council for Court Excellence, to assure that the processes of jury selection and jury serviceare fair, effective, and not unduly burdensome to the community. In her 70’s she began her career as a collage artist. During this phase of her life, her work received many accolades, hallmarks being two major exhibits, one at the University of Maryland, College Park and the second at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Annie’s love of God could be felt by family members and with members of the Episcopal Church. She was active for many years with the Union of Black Episcopalians and served as its president for three years. She was an active participant with the Episcopal Cursillio Ministry for over ten years.

Her 90’s were active and purposeful after her move to Naperville. She served two terms as Chair of the Residents’ Council at Spring Meadows Senior Living. She was a dedicated member of Daughters of the King, Episcopal Church Women, and Morning Bible Study. She also volunteered at Hesed House, bringing a vibrant reading program to the homeless children there. She made sure each child had something precious, books of their own to keep.

Annie, a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, was a cheerleader for all of her family, attending any occasion celebrating the successes and achievements.

She departed this earthly life on the morning of December 5, 2018.

Her life and legacy will be cherished by two daughters, Dianne M. Engram (Robert), Monica I. Wilkerson Smith (Dennis); two grandsons, Kevin O. Engram (Melissa), William Brandon Wilkerson; her great granddaughter Kamryn A. Engram; two nephews, Judge William C, Pryor (Elaine) and George Raveling (Deloris); and a host of friends on the east coast and here in Naperville.

The celebration of her life will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. John’s Episcopal Church,750 Aurora Road, Naperville. Visitation at 2:00; Service at 3:00.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Minerva Educational Foundation, 931 W. 75th St. Suite 137238, Naperville, Il. 60565.

Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

For more information, please call (630)355-0213.

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Memorial Service




3:00 PM 12/12/2018 3:00:00 PM
St John's Episcopal Church

750 Aurora Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

St John's Episcopal Church
750 Aurora Ave Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Memorial Visitation




2:00 PM 1/12/2019 2:00:00 PM - 2:30 PM 1/12/2019 2:30:00 PM
St John's Episcopal Church

750 Aurora Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

St John's Episcopal Church
750 Aurora Ave Naperville 60540 IL
United States

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St John's Episcopal Church Garden Final Resting Place

750 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, Illinois 60540

750 Aurora Avenue Naperville 60540 Illinois
United States

Memorial Contribution

Minerva Educational Foundation

931 W 75th St.
Suite 137238
Naperville, IL 60565

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