Terry W. (West) Phillips was born May 9, 1957, to the union of Levi West Sr. and Polly (nee Morris). She departed this life on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, Illinois. Terry loved the truth and Jehovah. Despite her frail health, Terry worked hard to ensure her dedication, and symbolized her faith in Jehovah on March 5, 2011 when she was baptized as one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A long-time resident of North Chicago, Terry loved and participated in several performing arts events and plays during her lifetime– in her junior years of grade school, high school, the communities of North Chicago and Waukegan, and her workplace. Terry worked for the Captain James A. Lovell VA Hospital in North Chicago, Illinois, working in Dietary Services until she retired in 1999. She loved music and dancing, and had a passion for cooking.
Terry is known for her distinctive laugh, which brought a smile to many different faces. She always had a smile and a loving, energetic, outgoing spirit, and never complained. She will be remembered as a loving person, who was always willing to give and assist others as she could.
Terry was surrounded by a loving and dedicated family. She leaves to cherish her legacy of memories: one daughter, Tanisha West of Tucker, Georgia; two sons, Willie (Latrice) Lewis of Cartersville, Georgia and Rufus (Nicole) Phillips of Beach Park, Illinois; eleven grandchildren: Willie Phillips, Jr., Devon Phillips, Dupree Taylor-Phillips, Jaron Tyler, Nathaniel Ivy, Gabriel Ivy, Mohogonee Ivy, Dasani Douglas, Na-Shyla Phillips, R’Naysia Phillips, Aviyan Phillips; one great-grandson, Dorian Phillips, and one expected great-grandchild. A loving mother, Polly West, of Waukegan, Illinois. Four brothers, Levi West, Jr., Thomas West, Roosevelt West, and David West, Sr., of Waukegan, Illinois. Five sisters, Floristine West, Annie (Robert) Teasley of Waukegan, Illinois, Bianca (Thomas) Jones, Carol (Walter) Thomas of North Chicago, Illinois, and Patricia West of Cartersville, Georgia; a host of other family and friends, a special aunt Sentoria Russell, a very special cousin Tecola McClain, a special cousin Barbara White, a special friend Denise Terrell, and a special marriage mate, Rufus Renard Phillips.
She was preceded in death by her father Levi West, Sr., a brother, Archie West; a sister, Donna West; both paternal and maternal grandparents, two uncles, and four aunts.
Friends may call on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Seguin & Symonds Funeral Home, 858 Sheridan Road, Highwood, from 10:00 AM until time of services at 11:00 AM, Brother Willie Barrett, celebrant. Interment Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, 1436 Kenosha Road, Zion. (847)432-3878