Phillipa Mae Anthony
Oct 27, 1927 - Jan 15, 2015
> Philippa Mae Anthony born on October 27, 1927 to Helen McCall and Russell Jones in Chicago, Illinois. Phillipa worked as a librarian and a photographer’s model in her late teens. Then met the love of her life, her husband to be, Roby Anthony, through his brother Hugh who showed her a photo of a handsome man in an Army uniform stationed in the Pacific. She began exchanging letters. Their love was sealed when they met in person. They dated only a short time and married for more than 50 years.
> Living in Chicago, Phillipa continued working as an Executive Secretary at the world class printing company, R. R. Donnelley & Sons, until retiring some 35 years later. She took time to have two sons Gregory then Allan raising them in Chicago and later in the suburbs, South Holland. Phillipa was devoted to her family and her church active with its many organizations and other clubs. She modeled in several fashion shows and did volunteer work in the parrish for various charities. Phillipa’s faith as a Catholic sustained her through all the difficult times of her life.
> Since Gregory and Allan were in California, Roby and “Phyl”, to be near their family, moved in 1991 to Elk Grove, California where they were greeted with the news that Allan and wife Joan were having their first granddaughter, Arielle. Then their second granddaughter, Rachelle, arrived in 1994. Devoted as Phyl was to her husband and family she lived doting on her granddaughters. While in Elk Grove she became involved in the Senior Center, Newcomers Club, Cork and Fork and other organizations. At the Senior Center she and Roby helped establish the “Gadabouts”, a Senior activity club where they traveled to various special events as in San Francisco to attend concerts and theater, the fun “Beach Blanket Babylon.”
> In Elk Grove, they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They thought they were going to have a quiet dinner celebration with Allan and his wife Joan but Allan and Joan had planned a big surprise. A knock on the door, a rose (her most favorite flower), a walk down the red carpet to a waiting limousine that whisked them away to a beautiful restaurant where happened to be all their very best friends who shouted, “Surprise!” Everyone ate full, drank toasts, danced, laughed, and told great stories about the golden couple.
> Only a few years later, in 1997, the love and light of her life, Roby, was extinguished forever. A huge part of her heart lay buried with her husband of more than 50 years, whose memory she cherished that sustained her for the following 18 years. In 2010, Phyl lost another piece of her heart, her son Gregory. Though severely impacted by her losses, Phyl being the strong, brave and courageous woman she was, went on to live a full and independent life till the day she passed.
> In 2011, Phyl moved closer to her remaining family in Walnut Creek, where she had her own home there in Rossmoor, a retirement community. Living with family minutes away she had many happy and joyous times, parties, holidays, birthdays, and Mother’s Days with her son Allan and his wife Joan, her granddaughters, Arielle and Rachelle and Rachelle’s baby Ja’Lea, her great granddaughter. Phyl even got to see and hear, her all time favorite singer, Johnny Mathis in concert at San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall.
> Though slowed down during her last and final year, fiercely proud, she lived as she wanted independently up to the day she passed and was free of the need of any medicine or of any device to help her walk.
> Surrounded by family and close friends in a quiet and comfortable room in the John Muir Health Center she passed painlessly and peacefully at 6:00pm, January 15, 2015, with her last smile and wave good-bye to her great granddaughter, having heard her beautiful baby girl say, “Love you!”
> Phillipa will be layed to rest, in Elk Grove, California, alongside her husband, Roby, and son Gregory who will take her hands and walk with her to eternity.
> My dear mother: Dominus vobiscum. Pax vobis.
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA