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Queen Esther Phillips  (July 11, 1930 – September 09, 2019)

Queen Esther Phillips (July 11, 1930 – September 09, 2019)

Visitation service will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm  at Golden’s Funeral Home Inc., 210 N Pennsylvania Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

Service will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 am,. Location: New Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 753 W Comstock Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

Mother Queen Esther Phillips was born July 11, 1930 in the house of her grandparents, James and Julia Browdy in the area of Oviedo, Florida that was known as the “Scrubs”.

Her parents are the late David and Martha Oliver.  She was the only child born into that union.  She had one older sister, Elizabeth Hadden, from her father’s previous marriage.


In 1937, Queen moved to Winter Park, Florida with parents at the age of seven where she attended and graduated from Hungerford High School in 1948.  She later attended Florida Normal College of Nursing in St. Augustine, Florida.

Queen left school early and married Sollie Phillips in June 1951.  She returned to Winter Park to reside.  She worked as a Healthcare Provider at Depugh Nursing Facility is where she used her skills for several years.

Mother was faithful member of New Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Winter Park, Florida.

Queen was preceded in death by her parents and her two children: A Daughter in Infancy, Son: Paul Griffin and her sister Elizabeth Hadden.  She leaves to cherish precious memories her children: Samuel Phillips (Cheryl), Winter Park Fl.: Violet Phillips-Lowe (Kenneth) Sanford, Fl.; Walter Phillips (Robin), Valrico, Fl; Dejuan Phillips (Desiree), Orlando, FL; Anita Phillips, Clearwater, Fl; 27 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.


  • Anthony D Phillips Sr. Posted September 16, 2019 1:33 pm

    Grandmother the love that we shared can never be matched. You were one of my biggest supporters and always looked after me. I could always depend on you. You were the true definition of what a grandmother should be. I never experienced a bad moment with you as you spoiled me beyond life itself. We shared so many good times that it is hard for me to be sad. I will continue to lift up your name and make you proud. I look forward to seeing you once again and picking up where we left off. Sleep well until our father calls your name.

    Love your grandson (youngest son Tony)

  • Tory Phillips Posted October 24, 2019 11:00 am

    Grandma (Madear) although I may have gotten on your nerves at times. It was never a day I didn’t appreciate you. You and nanny were my rock and the man I am today. I thank you for being in my life for raising me and your good cooking. I know one day I’ll see you again til then make sure you give nanny and Deidre a kiss for me. Your grandson Tory.

  • James Phillips Posted January 27, 2020 1:44 am

    Thank you Madear for all the times and memories we had. You were a true inspiration to my life and will never be forgotten. There was so much joy with you being part of my life. I know Lauren and Kyle miss you a lot as well and you showed them the true definition of grandma.

    Thank you for showing your children and always putting the Good Lord First. God is always good.

  • Dejuan A. Phillips Posted May 7, 2020 8:06 pm

    Dear Mom, it’s been almost a year since you left us and it does not get any easier. It’s just something about mothers that you cannot get over when they go on to glory.But I know GOD will help us through these times and the love you had for us will never be forgotton.Thank you for raising me to be the Man I am to love and cherish my family what a blessing to have a mother like you. I will always LOVE YOU MOM..

  • Dejuan A. Phillips Posted May 9, 2020 4:10 am


  • ANITA PHILLIPS Posted May 11, 2020 12:36 pm

    Hello Mom (Mother Dear) and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! Words can’t express how much I miss you. I sometimes awaken with tears of joy because you are often in my dreams and they are such precious moments which seems so real as though I’m able to wrap my arms around and embrace you and then I wake up to reality knowing that you’ve had your time here on earth and it was time for you to leave but I remember that everyday that passes is a day closer for me to see you again. You were the cement that held me together during my most troubling times so that I wouldn’t fall apart and that’s something that I will cherish until it’s time for me to join you sweet Mother. I am truly grateful to God for the time He gave me with you until the end. You sleep well my Dear Sweet Mother and you’ve certainly lived up to your name (QUEEN).

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