Florine

June 21, 1931 ~ May 25, 2020

Born in: Jasper, TX
Resided in: Carson, CA

On Monday May 25, 2020 a Jasper, Texas native, Florine Phillips, lovingly called “Momma” transitioned home peacefully, at the age of 88 years old.

Born June 21st, 1931, Momma left Texas and headed west (on the train to California, in her red suit) where she met her husband Lloyd Phillips, “Daddy”. They eventually moved to Carson CA where she found her dream home. Momma worked very hard as a day worker in the valley. She loved her home very much and would get ideas for her home from the ladies she worked for in Hollywood. Her employers were all so generous to her and provided her with different types of furniture and clothes for her kids.

Planting St. Augustine grass and laying a brick fence around the house with her dad, Willie Good affectionately called “Big Daddy” was one of her favorite accomplishments. Momma also proudly poured concrete in the backyard, making a skating rink for the kids to roller skate all day and night.

She enjoyed seeing her family having a nice time laughing, eating and doing yard work in the backyard. She especially loved watching her grandchildren in the backyard playing. She recently put two basketball goals in the yard for everyone to play. She loved playing basketball, always cheering “Rope that goal!” There was no need for her to ever leave her home because she was content at home.

Despite having seven kids, Florine always made time for everyone. She had a special relationship and behavior with each child, and everyone was special to her. Momma had a plan to keep a Godly home and taught her kids at a young age how to love the Lord. She demonstrated her faith in God by singing and playing the piano; putting all the kids in the living room to memorize their scriptures, Psalms 23, 27, 68, 91, Luke 11, and many others. While she was not always affectionate by showing hugs and kisses, she showed her love by admonishing, correcting, and teaching her children to be soldiers of Christ.

Daily Momma would pray, sing and make the kids, march like soldiers into the living room as she played the piano to “We are Soldiers in God’s Army”. She felt one should always pray and worship God before the sun went down. Sometimes she would cry revealing her sincerity and just how strongly she believed in her devotion and God’s Word.

Momma was so industrious and resourceful. Some summer months, she would have the children cut up pieces of their clothes and sew them together to make blankets. In addition, summertime was spent cleaning up the house, weeds in the yard and cleaning windows and when that was finished, she would take the kids to the park to play and swim.

Sometimes, she did not know where the next meals would come from, but there were always banana cakes for birthdays, pork chops for lunch and cornbread and greens for dinner. Regardless, of the financial struggles Momma always came through for her family.

Momma, loved selling at the swap meet. The swap meet was her passion (and guess what, her password). When she sold at the swap meet, she would take her children to help. The kids would be out there from sun up until it closed. Her hopes were to sell everything she had and when she did not meet her goal, she took them for a treat. The very next day she would be there with Daddy’s tools, his clothes and items others gave her to sell. Clothes she didn’t sell she took to those in need, down to Skid Row and gave them out.

One day Momma found 2,500.00 dollars at the Roadium Swapmeet and turned it in. The people were amazed at her honesty. She would talk to the sellers about God and her “college” children. She was so proud they were doing life on their own. As much as Momma liked to save money, she always believed you should earn your own and pay your honest debt. “Owe no man nothing”, Momma said. She loved her kids so much and wanted them to do well. She always said give me high school and college will be for you. Knowing this, the siblings tried so hard to do well for her.

Momma loved Daddy. She would help him put engines in cars, motors in the washer, pipe the house, or whatever he needed. She was always present. She taught Daddy the Bible and gave him verses to memorize, nurturing him without even knowing it.

Momma loved God and taught her family about Christ. Whenever you spoke with her, she was always telling you about Christ and how much you should be serving him. If you were in error, she would tell you. She obeyed the gospel in 1975. Daddy later obeyed because of the classes she held with him at the house. She continued to study and have home Bible classes to really learn what the gospel of Christ (death, burial and resurrection) really meant. She loved worshiping and serving God.

She had not been able to attend services at Alondra Church of Christ, where she was a member. However, she faithfully worshiped Him throughout her illness until the last stroke in December 2019.

It brought her so much joy to be a homemaker, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. As a grandmother she was kind, encouraging, patient, giving, and prayed for each one of her grandkids daily. She would place their names in her Bible on a scripture meditating and praying that they would be protected and enjoy an abundant life.

We will miss her greatly, but we know she will live on through each and everyone one of us. We will always love our Momma.

Florine was preceded in death by her daughter, Winifred Phillips. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Phillips. her seven surviving children Sandra Mixon, Marilyn Walton, Wanda Henderson (Mark), Noel Phillips (Lily), Lynette Phillips, Marty Phillips, Leara Phillips; Ten grandchildren (Sasheen Florine Cooper (Khristopher Battiste), Teresa Lynn Eoff (David IV), Valerie Henderson Brown, Maranda Henderson, Sasheen Phillips, Morgan Phillips, Mariah Phillips, Chyenne Shelby, Elianna Phillips and Noel Phillips Jr.; Eight great-grandchildren: Milan Malone, Mariaun Malone, Kendall Battiste, Penelope Brown, DaeLynn Eoff. David Eoff V, AJ, and Micah Banks. She is also survived by her 5 sisters: Christine Kaufman, Ezora Roberts, Elizabeth Choice, Artelia Walton (Virgil), Vera Toles (Clinton), and 3 Brothers: Thessadean Good (Ernestine), Clovie Good (Toni) and Don Wesley Good.

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  1. candle 8Mamma we are missing you so much. You were a pillar of strength for yourself and your family for so many years. You did an amazing job inspiring, teaching and loving people from all walks of life. Through all of your suffering you still kept a smile for us a song on your lips. You were a strong faithful soldier on the battlefield for the Lord. We will always remember the things you instilled in us over the year. We will always love you. Now its time for you to rest your head in the arms of God. Job well done.

  2. candle 8Thankful to God for Mama, the love of my life. You taught me first to Love the Lord with all my heart and not to lean on my own understanding. You demonstrated this behavior in your daily walk and it would illuminate you. I’m thankful you had an opportunity to spend time and love on me and my daughters. You showed us what a strong, determined, hard working and loving woman could accomplish. There are no words to describe how much I love you and will miss you!

    Sasheen Florine ❤️❤️❤️

  3. candle 8Thankful to God for Mama, the love of my life. You taught me first to Love the Lord with all my heart and not to lean on my own understanding. You demonstrated this behavior in your daily walk and it would illuminate you. I’m thankful you had an opportunity to spend time and love on me and my daughters. You showed us what a strong, determined, hard working and loving woman could accomplish. There are no words to describe how much I love you and will miss you! Sasheen Florine ❤❤❤

  4. candle 8Sister Philips was a beautiful person. She always greeted me with a beautiful smile and kind words . She will truly be missed

  5. My life will never be the same without you grandmother…sometimes family is just family cause of blood but you was the most honest authentic person who cared about me… asked me about my day, my schooling, my children… we shared stories.. you taught me lessons. I never needed a meal to come over .. I came over just to lay down and watch you walk around the house taking care of yourself, threading your clothes, listening to family radio, playing piano,
    twisting copper wire for your ankles, watering your grass, talking to God, singing songs, exercising… you never sat down. You kept a clean honest life… never had to argue to anyone who you was you just focused on what God wanted you to be… I’m going to miss you I feel your absence will force me to start a new chapter and become the mom you showed me to be for my own.

  6. Sending love and prayers to my family during this difficult time. My Aunt Florine was certainly one of a kind. Consistent and never wavering in her faith. A true disciplinarian who gave from the core of her soul. A stellar example of a God-fearing wife, mother, grandmother and so much more. Her story and identity can be found in Proverbs 31. Always and forever will be “A Virtuous Woman.”

    Love you Auntie.. Rest In Peace
    Gone from Labor to Reward ❤

    • Love you guys family, untie was a real trooper. She helped raise me and sleeping meany nights at her house getting up packing boxes hitting the swap meet every Saturday. Blessed years. Memories

  7. Sending love and prayers to my family during this difficult time. My Aunt Florine was certainly one of a kind. Consistent and never wavering in her faith. A true disciplinarian who gave from the core of her soul. A stellar example of a God-fearing wife, mother, grandmother and so much more. Her story and identity can be found in Proverbs 31. Always and forever will be \”A Virtuous Woman.”

    Love you Auntie.. Rest In Peace
    Gone from Labor to Reward ❤

  8. candle 7I will miss you so much! Thank you for believing in me and teaching me to believe in myself. I fear not because I have God and you made sure that I never lived in fear. You were so loved and treasured. My kids are so blessed to have known you. I don’t have all of the words right now. But I feel your presence everywhere right now so I will trust and believe you know what’s on my heart. I know your energy lives on and you are happy with the Lord. Not goodbye but see you later…❤️

  9. candle 7Momma, Oh how I miss you. You were consistent. You didn’t shake your tail feather out of fun, you didn’t get caught up with family gossip and talk. But you cried and prayed that we all we come unto repentance and be saved. You came to the end of your journey. Life was weary and hard, but the battle is won. You have finished your course, you momma, kept the Faith. You stayed with God. Thank you for introducing God to me. He’s been here all the time and you helped me see Him. It hurt not to have you present in my life. But you created a soldier for Christ. I must fight although I want to cry, cry, cry. I will
    hold up the blood stained banner of the cross, I will hold it up until I die. I will be consistent in my word, thought and deed. Christ lives in me and I will honor Him be allowing Him to direct my footsteps just as you did. You will forever live mom because Christ conquered death. You cannot be here with me, I must come where you are. See you in God’s time. Your daughter, Wanda

  10. candle 7Lord, You hold time within your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end. Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven.
    We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus.

    Amen

    My Sincere Condolences to the family.

  11. candle 4To Marilyn and family,
    Time heals all but the moments are forever so Hug,Love,Cry and Pray until you meet again!

  12. candle 7To the Family: May God continue to bless you with everything you need. May you find comfort in knowing you have Been blessed with an amazing God fearing mother who gave you the bless she had in Christ Jesus. May you have peace in knowing your mom is in each one of you, therefore you all can still fly. Jesus love you and so do I

  13. candle 7Momma, it’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve said goodbye. House is clean and life is truly empty. As I look around, I hear your every word. As I past your room, I see your face and hand calling for me. because I no longer have my unconditional mom to talk to, laugh with, argue and sing. I’ve gone back to internalizing every thought. however, I know one day I will hear your voice say ” you better let go and give that over to God”…..

    Momma, today I miss you, much!…..

  14. Hi mama. I know you would be angry I am dwelling on your departure. But I feel empty. I hear you in my sleep and I see you looking at me from your bed. I remember all our struggles together. You demonstrated so much love in the way you cared for us. You worked so hard trying to instill God’s love. I don’t ever remember you taking anytime for yourself. How unselfish you were in all that you did. You tried so hard to make our home a loving place to come to. I miss you. I know, it is no secret what God can do. What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. I know He’ll will grant peace. But right now, I am feeling sorry for myself that I have no mother. Can’t go over mama’s house…she isn’t there.

  15. candle 4My dear friend Marilyn So sorry for the loss of your mom. Deepest sympathy and prayers for you and family at this difficult time.🙏🙏🙏

  16. candle 4Rest In Peace “My Lady”, Aunt Florine. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  17. candle 1My dear friend Marilyn ..So sorry for the last of your mom deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. 🙏🙏🙏💞

  18. To My Wonder Family . Auntie was awesome mother wife daughter sister grandmother friend you couldn’t ask for a better person to have in are life . God Choose are Family and he bless us with her . We all need to make her proud by be a loving a family . I’m Praying for each and every one of you . God is are everything and he will give you guys all the strength and understand that you need . We all loved her very Much so let’s make her proud by doing what God want us to do . Love you guys ❤️❤️❤️

  19. candle 4Momma, today was another empty day. I wish I could feel your presence., I wish I could hold your hand…. I miss you ever sooo much….. I love you beautiful lady……

  20. candle 1Well Momma, it’s been a month since God called your name. You are so, so, soooo, missed. Love you much….

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