A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Bowie.
Rossie was born Dec. 21, 1939 to John Cecil and Alloise Migon (Kavanaugh) Bellah. She was devoted to her God, Jehovah and in her worship as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Rossie was never a stranger to anyone and when she met someone new, they became an instant friend. She loved her family, and she was there for her family when they needed her.
Rossie married Rayford Jerome Phillips Sept. 8, 1959 in Hazelhurst, Ga. and was married 53 years at his death on Aug. 24, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Norma Hoyt.
She is survived by her daughter, Leanna Ivey and husband, Tom, of Bowie; two sons, Robert Phillips and wife, Ruth, of Wichita Falls and Roger Phillips and wife, Kathy of Sunset; seven grandchildren, Ray Ivey and wife, Anetta, stationed at Wahiawa, Hawaii, Reah Ruffu and husband, Caleb of Forth Worth, Jeremy Phillips of Dabach, La., Ryan and Kelli Phillips, both of Duncan, Okla.; Julia White and husband, Cory of Bowie, and Lydea Ivey of Bowie; five great-grandchildren, Journey Neice, Cade Phillips, Breana Ivey, Amaya Ivey and Rylen White.
The family expresses their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Bowie Memorial Hospital, Bowie Home Health, Solaris Hospice and Texas Oncology in Wichita Falls for the wonderful care they provided Rossi during her long illness, and to Bowie Hospice Thrift for their words of encouragement and their thoughts and prayers.