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Kay Milda (Grovey) Philllips

October 27, 1946 ~ October 5, 2020 (age 73)


Kay Milda (Grovey) Phillips was born in Bay City, Texas on October 27, 1946 to Herman and Luella (Simmons) Grovey, both deceased. Kay accepted Christ at Old Bethlehem Baptist Church in New Gulf, Texas during her early years. She began her peaceful journey to be with the Lord on October 5, 2020. 

Kay grew up in Boling and Houston, Texas. After the death of her mother at the age of twelve she lived in Boling with her maternal grandparents and aunts. She was the oldest daughter of Herman and Luella. Kay grew up with her younger sister Gwendolyn Dianne Campbell (deceased), and her cousin’s Willie Lee Franklin, Bobby Simmons, Sharon Owens and Melanie Simmons, and a special cousin Pete Davis, who were like sisters and brothers to her.

She attended Boling Vocational School until moving to Houston where she graduated from Evan E. Worthing High School in 1964. Kay went on to further her education at Prairie View A & M University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish in 1968.

While attending college she met and married Marvin Phillips on January 25, 1967. To this union one son was born - Kevin Phillips. Kay taught in Denver, Colorado until 1970. After relocating back to Houston, Texas she taught for Dick Dowling Junior High School until the birth of her son in 1975. After his birth Kay was a substitute teacher in Boling, Texas. After losing her grandmother in 1976, she ventured to Los Angeles, CA where she remained and started a teaching position with K. Anthony Elementary School. She enjoyed teaching there where her son Kevin and nephew Myron were students. Kay was also an ardent member of the St. Matthew Baptist Church. After her retirement from teaching, she went on to further her passion for helping others by joining the Easter Seals organization. While there she assisted disabled individuals, veterans, military families and seniors needing home assistance. 

Kay loved and enjoyed her family - spending time with her son Kevin, and traveling to Las Vegas. She was also a great cook and would often fill requests from her family members for her delicious Banana Pudding and Fried Chicken. 

She leaves to cherish her life, her son Kevin Phillips, a granddaughter Zajah Phillips, nieces and nephew - Adrienne Parrish, Nicole Cochran, and Myron Campbell, II, and a host of cousins and friends. 

The family of Kay Milda (Grovey) Phillips are very thankful and send a very special expression of gratitude to Tina and Audrey Dixon (Dixon Funeral Home) for their kindness, generosity, benevolence and love.

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