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Joyce M. Phillips

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Date published: 1/15/2014

Joyce M. Phillips

Joyce Mary Walter Phillips, 86, of Locust Grove and Estero, Fla., passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Joy was born April 28, 1927, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Upon moving to New York, she became a flight attendant for Seaboard and Western airlines and spent several years traveling the world with them.

She met and married her first husband, Eugene H. Walter, while he was stationed as a U.S. Army Officer in Germany. A son, William H. Walter was born in 1956, while they were stationed at Fort Devens, Mass. In the early 1960s, the family was stationed at Fort Clayton in the Panama Canal zone. Subsequently, they moved to Kagnew Station, Asmara, Ethiopia. While stationed in northeastern Africa, they traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and the Tree Tops Hotel. Other travels included Italy, France, Turkey and Greece.

Joy returned with her family to Arlington Hall Station and Vint Hill Farms Station, where Gene retired as an Army lieutenant colonel in 1972. During retirement, they moved to Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove and wintered in Estero.

Joy enjoyed life as a military wife, which allowed her to travel, visit friends from all over and discover new and interesting locales. She spoke often of her travels and cherished fond memories shared with lifelong friends garnered from her family's earliest assignments throughout the world.

Upon the death of her first husband, Joy married retired Col. Wendell Phillips of Alexandria. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, class of 1950. During their 16-year marriage, Joy and Wendy enjoyed a love of continued travels, including trips through Europe, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii and the Caribbean while residing in Locust Grove and Estero.

Joy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a true and loyal friend.

Joy's care during her final days was lovingly facilitated by the Flying Angels Concierge Service of Lake of the Woods. The family expresses their utmost gratitude to all of Joy's dedicated caregivers.

Joy was predeceased by her first husband, Gene Walter, and a sister, Mona Pitro.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Wendy Phillips of Locust Grove; and her loving family: son Bill Walter, daughter-in-law Bobbi Walter and three grandchildren, Kara, Tyler and Rory Walter of Clifton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Lake of the Woods Church, 1 Church Lane, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Lake of the Woods Church.

An online guest book is available at johnsoncares .com.