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On July 10, 2010, Stephanie Susanne Phillips, of Springfield, Mo., was called home by our Lord and savior after fighting tenaciously for almost three years against stage 4 colon cancer. Stephanie was born March 8, 1974 in Rolla, Mo., to Ed Thurman and Edna Happ.
She was employed with Springfield Public Schools as a physical education teacher at Kickapoo High School. She took great pride in her position as the head coach of the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs basketball program. Her most important role was the role of wife to her wonderful husband Scot and mother to her two precious boys Drew, 6, and Levi, 3.
Stephanie passed away in the home of her very dear friends, Kenneth and Cheryl Giddens.
During her last few weeks of life she was surrounded by family and friends 24 hours a day. They cared for her, covered her in prayers and showered her with love.
Stephanie was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Jake Seiler and Alva Thurman, and her stepfather Larry Happ.
Stephanie is survived by her husband, Scot Phillips; sons, Drew and Levi Phillips; mother, Edna Happ; father, Ed Thurman and his wife Pam; brother Jon Thurman, his wife Abby and their son Chandler; brother Ryan; step-sisters, Neisha Rogers and Monica Tosspon; grandmothers, Frieda Thurman and Marie Seiler, as well as loving extended family; a wonderful group of in-laws and so many amazing friends.
Funeral services are open to the public and will be held Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. in Second Baptist Church, 3111 E. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, Mo., under the direction of Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte. A graveside service will follow immediately after the service in the Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 3322 S. Campbell, Ste. P, Springfield, MO 65807; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, 949 E. Primrose, Springfield, MO 65807.
Online condolences may be made at www.klingnerfuneral home.com.