SAVOY – Thrasilla Louise Phillips, 94, of Savoy, passed peacefully on Sunday August 22, 2021 of this earthly life to join her beloved husband, Jim, and Jesus Christ in his heavenly kingdom.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign.
Tris was born on March 27, 1927, in Pesotum, to William and Isabelle Eisenmenger. She married Forrest James Phillips in 1947. She and her husband owned Phillips Construction and sold real estate.
Tris graduated from Pesotum High School in 1944 and moved to Champaign, where she attended evening school at Illinois Commercial College while working full time as a secretary and accountant for Eisner food stores.
After marrying Jim, she became a dedicated mother and housewife and eventually took on the role of office manager for the family’s growing construction business.
During her retirement, she volunteered with St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, the Provena Hospital Auxiliary, and the Faith in Action program.
Besides helping others, Tris enjoyed family reunions, vacations across the country, gardening, and visiting faraway places. Her desire to travel extended to flying, sometimes backwards, in planes piloted by her husband. For years, she and her friends have roamed the southwestern neighborhoods of Champaign / Savoy to stay healthy and happy. Tris had a big heart and shared it generously.
Tris is survived by three children, sons Forrest James Phillips Jr. (Sue) of Urbana and Dennis Phillips (Gayle) of Portland, Oregon, and daughter Deborah Rome (Phil) of Champaign; seven grandchildren, TJ Rome, Brandon Rome, Casey Phillips, Carter Phillips, Chris Phillips, Lida Phillips and Paul Phillips; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sister Marjorie Ann Eisenmenger.
Besides Jim, who died in 1995, she was predeceased by a brother and three sisters.
Tris’ family would like to especially thank the staff at Autumn Leaves of Savoy for providing such loving care to Tris. They remember her as “a very sweet lady”.