Joyce Fern Phillips


Joyce Fern (Bumgarner) Phillips, age 84, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at the Mt. Vernon Place Care Center.  She was born July 14, 1932, in La Russell, Missouri, the daughter of Roy and Della Mae (Creviston) Bumgarner.

Joyce was the owner and bookkeeper of Safeway Murray Termite Corporation in Monrovia, California, retiring in 1998.  Her hobbies were quilting, painting and making porcelain dolls.

She married Joseph Frederick Phillips on April 3, 1952, in Reno, Nevada.  He preceded her in death on September 1, 2008. 

Joyce is survived by her three daughters, Theresa (Teri) George and her husband, Gerald, and Nancy J. Phillips, both of Mt. Vernon and Leisa Berry, of Humansville, Missouri; two sisters, Ferol Herod and her husband, Dainnie, of Mt. Vernon and Evelyn Reed, of Springfield; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Della; husband, Joseph; brother, James Bumgarner and sister, Mildred Linder.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with services following at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  She will be laid to rest at a private service at the Greenlawn North Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Living Water Fellowship Building Fund in Mt. Vernon, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.



1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712

  Funeral Service

2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712



Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield, MO.

  Memorial Donations

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712

Memorial donations may be made to the Living Water Church Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.

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Wayne Mullins & Kim Mullins

We are so sorry for your loss. It is a very sad time.
Your mother, Joyce, and my mother, Mary Emma, shared a birthday. They were not only both born on July 14, but on the very same year, 1932. I remember my Mom and Joyce talked about the birthday they shared. They thought it was something that they were born hour apart. I am sure on July 14, they will be celebrating their birthdays together, in heaven.
Love & Prayers,

 Posted April 22, 2017 - 7:43am

Dear Phillips family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Joyce. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering, including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will comfort your family also.

 Posted April 21, 2017 - 11:30am
Roxanne Lewsader

Sorry for your loss Teri, Nancy and Leisa! Aunt Joyce is a wonderful person that always made you feel loved. I love you all! Roxie

 Posted April 21, 2017 - 9:37am
Teri George

Thank you so much you know family and friends get us through this I love you also.

 Posted April 28, 2017 - 2:32pm
Brenda Dyson

So Sorry for you loss Teri and Nancy and the rest of the Family. May God give you Peace and Comfort at this time.

 Posted April 19, 2017 - 2:50pm
Teri George

Thank you so much for your concern mom went very peaceful for that i am happy.

 Posted April 28, 2017 - 2:34pm
Judy Dawson

Sorry for your loss.prayers to you,that God brings comfort,peace,strength

 Posted April 18, 2017 - 3:35pm
Teri George

You are such a great friend. I am happy for ger she is with daddy. That was what she wanted for 8 1/2 years. She wwnt peacefully.

 Posted April 28, 2017 - 2:36pm

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