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Phillips, Rachel Lauren

Phillips, Rachel Lauren

February 16, 1984 — March 10, 2022

Her life's punctuation mark was a semi-colon (;) and her life attitude was "Inca nu s-a terminat" (for Not Yet Finished in Romanian) – both tattooed on her left wrist.

The movie that chronicled the earthly life of Rachel Lauren Phillips ended on March 10 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on Feb 16, 1984 and became the only child of Gwen and Harold Phillips five weeks later.

During her 38 years, she graduated from Liberty High School, cared for preschool children, modeled acceptance and non-judgment toward all, was a member of Second Baptist church and loved family, friends and all who came near her.

She enjoyed traveling. Among her favorite trips were a graduation visit to Kenya visiting her Aunt Janie, a five-week family experience in Ivory Coast and Burkino Faso, birthday celebrations in New York and San Francisco, annual trips with "Mothers, Daughters, Sisters'' and especially a family time at Table Rock Lake in 2020.

The mantra for the final months was modeled by lines from Virgin River: "if you focus on how the movie will end, you will miss the movie." Her days were filled with visits from friends, popsicle parties, fun times with her bassett hounds J.P. and Abby, and lots of The Price is Right, The View, Friends, Young Sheldon and Roseanne.

She is survived by parents, Gwen and Harold Phillips, loving and faithful friend Patrick Mathews, aunts Amy House Deaton and Alma Phillips Jackob, uncle Andy (Nan) House, numerous cousins, a slew of extended family and friends, and, of course, J.P and Abby -- her two basset hounds.

The family extends profound thanks to medical providers at Liberty, North Kansas City, University of Kansas and St. Luke's Hospitals. They are grateful for every caregiver known to Rachel as her "nannies" from Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.

Her numerous hospital stays and medicines generated unimaginable medical expenses. The family is grateful to President Barack Obama and every Representative and Senator who made possible the Affordable Care Act, providing millions of Americans (including Rachel) with health care and higher quality of life.

Rachel wanted to share whatever her body had to offer with others. Unfortunately, that was not possible so she is instead honored as a Donor In Spirit by the Midwest Transplant Network.

A visitation is set for April 9 (1pm) with a Celebration of Life (2pm) at Second Baptist Church (300 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO 64068)

Memorial ideas that span Rachel’s life interests include:

* A brick donation(s) with YOUR NAME(s) for the Liberty African American Legacy Memorial stands with Rachel to honor and respect more than 750 African Americans buried in the segregated area of Fairview Cemetery.

* A gift to Second Friends Preschool acknowledges Rachel's love for children (Second Friends Preschool c/o Second Baptist Church, 300 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO 64068)

* The Phillips Family Fund with the CBF Foundation empowers girls and young women toward lives filled with significance. (HighGround Advisors, P.O. Box 840350, Dallas, TX 75284-0350 with a reference line noting The Phillips Family Fund.)

Service Information

A visitation is set for April 9 (1pm) with a Celebration of Life (2pm) at Second Baptist Church (300 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO 64068)

Phillips, Rachel Lauren's Guestbook

The sunshine got considerably dimmer. I remember that on the few times we’d run in to each other, she’d always greet me with a hug and that million dollar smile. Heartfelt condolences, Harold and Gwen….

Ted Hoffman

My heartfelt sympathy, Harold and Gwen. What a treasure!

Gary Burton

Love you all so much. Rachel was so funny and sweet! The time I spent surrounded by you two and her was a blessing given to me. You all will continue to be in my thoughts. God’s peace be with you always.

Brenda Keller

So very sorry to hear of Rachel’s passing. She was a sweet and very caring person who touched many lives in a positive way.

Susan and Tony Lee

We are so sad to hear of Rachel’s passing. She was such a sweet young woman. She was Breezy’s inspiration to dance, leading her to where she is now, teaching music. Hugs to you and praying for peace and comfort for you and all those her life touched.

Randy and Terri Jeffries

Rachel is a shining light in heaven! Thank you for allowing me on her prayer journey! May our Lord provide comfort to family and friends left behind.❤️

Vickie Whisnant

We are so sorry for your loss. We can’t even imagine. May you know The Great Comforter in these hard days. We will be lifting you both in our prayers.

Janet Tench

I send my deepest sympathy dear Gwen and Harold. I knew Rachel as a little one, and Douglas and I delighted in her. May she Rest In Peace and rise in glory.

Molly Marshall

Gwen and Harold.. I’m saddened by the passing of your sweet Rachel! My heart breaks for you and the lose of your child! May the strength of the Lord and family surround you during your grieving!

Jane Harmon

Please know of my prayers and condolences for your family during this time of grief and loss. It is a great tribute to Rachel's life and legacy.

Tommy Goode

Harold and Gwen, We join you in celebrating Rachel's remarkable life and commit to praying for you in these days of deep loss. I'm sad we never met her but feel like we have through this beautiful telling of her life. We join others in surrounding you with love and hope and gratitude for the larger story of life of which we are all a part.

Melody & Sam Harrell

You all are in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Beautiful young lady


My heart goes out to you, Harold and Gwen! I pray that your loving memories help you through this inconceivable loss.

Janet Abell

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. I never met her, but I wish I had. May she rest in peace, and may your memories help sustain you.

Vicki Albu

I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine the sadness you both are enduring. I will be praying that our God will ease your pain soon. You gave your daughter a beautiful life. She is blessed to have you as her parents.

Gini stratton

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