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Doris F. DuBois Phillips

January 19, 1937 ~ May 8, 2020 (age 83)


On, Friday evening, May  8th  2020, Doris Felicia DuBois Phillips, was called home to rest; she passed away at age 83.

Doris was born on January 19, 1937 in Ohio; she was the most loving and generous person.  She stood a tower of strength in the family, as well as caretaker too many family members. She enjoyed life itself and sought to enjoy every minute of every hour. She endured hardship along the way in her youth and adulthood, but rose above every challenge. She had a natural stubbornness with the belief in God that got her through.

She was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, in foster care most of her young life where she adopted the family she needed and wanted.  She had a close relationship with all family members including her biological family. Her father was Lieutenant Parks and her mother was Anna DuBois (who both preceded her in death).  Her finial last mile of the way will lay her to rest near her parents as she requested.

She was married once, but after the divorce she moved to New York to make a new start.  She worked in Troy, New York at the university for many years. Once retired she returned back to Cleveland, Ohio, a place that remained in her heart to be close to all her family branches she held so dear.  She was the type of person that wanted to see the best in everything and everyone, so she set out to lend a hand to anyone. Everyone was enriched by her unwavering help by her giving hand, she gave lovingly. She rarely asked for much in return, as she led her life her way, forever independent even in times of doubt.

Doris was a deeply devote Baptist religious woman who loved church activities and study groups. Her favorite religious song was “How Great Thu Art”.  She loved general oldies music of the 50-70’s especially and could dance the night away.

We come together to honor Doris’ legacy for a fulfilled successful life.  She will rest now after a progressively worsening illness. She was tired and decided not to seek more medical interventions. She made her decision to surrender, to place her glory before God, as her heart was full and her arms are open as she will stand in his presence.  She leaves to mourn a host of family and friends she held dear. Our family will continue to remember her and hold her as dear as she held us.

Little did we know that day Friday evening, you would make your final journey home.  Your family and friends had remained vigilant and hopeful that you would struggle on. But God had a greater plan. We want you to know in life we loved you dearly, and in death we will do the same.  We can only look up to heaven and only imagine you in the arms of the angels taking you home. We will remember you. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

 The Family



The family of Doris F. DuBois Phillips wishes to personally express our appreciation for your compassion and kindness in honoring our Doris. For those we have not thanked individually we thank you. We especially thank our Dorothy for the grace that she has shown, forever faithful to Doris in her finial journey. Doris would have liked a larger service to celebrate her life, but unfortunately due to pandemic we are unable to have a large service, she understood this in her final days and knew that everyone she knew will hold her close in their hearts.

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May 13, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gaines Funeral Home
5386 Lee Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137

Celebration of Life
May 14, 2020

1:00 PM
Gaines Funeral Home
5386 Lee Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137

Video is available for this event

May 14, 2020

2:30 PM
Hillcrest Memorial Park
26200 Aurora Road
Bedford Heights, OH 44146

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