Obit-Phillips1Dorothy Bess McCoy Phillips passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 in Ely, Nevada at the age of 95.  She was born near Fargo, Oklahoma on March 10, 1921 to Loyd McCoy and Cora Weiss, the fifth of fourteen children.  Her early years were spent in Oklahoma, Colorado, and California.  After graduating from Reno High School, Dorothy was employed for several years in various positions of office work- typist, secretary, book keeper and telephone operator.
Dorothy married Lloyd Eugene Phillips, Sr. in Fallon, Nevada in 1950.  They moved to Ely in about 1953.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993.  She managed on her own for many years, with the help of friends and her sons, until needing more supervised care.  She was at the White Pine Care Center from January of 2015 until her passing.
Dorothy is survived by two sons, Lloyd Eugene Phillips, Jr. (Jean) and William Michael Phillips (Beverely); six grandchildren, Justin Phillips (Ashlee), Sylvia Haslem (Doyle), Tiffany Stubbs (Scott), Kirk Phillips (Samantha), Kylie Phillips and Sierra Phillips; nine great-grandchildren, Hunter, Hailee, Jacob and Kaitlynn Phillips, Mason and Weston Haslem, Connor, Alac, and “Baby Girl” Stubbs.
Dorothy’s surviving siblings are Blanche Lattin of Reno, NV, Peggy Lucille Watkins of Gold Beach, Oregon, John McCoy (Shirley) of Homedale, Idaho, and Shirley Hockett (Glen) of Crawford, Colorado.
Dorothy was known for her sense of humor.  She had many talents and hobbies.  She sewed, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and quilted.  She produced original works of art in leather, eggshell and wood.  She took art classes from Great Basin College and Northern Nevada Community College and enjoyed working with pastels, water color and charcoal.  She was an avid reader.  She was a gifted story teller and writer, submitting occasional articles to the local newspaper.
Dorothy loved the history of Nevada, stories of ghost towns, and anything connected to the old West.  She loved the mountains, whether hiking them or painting them.  She loved to hunt for berries, pine nuts, garnets, old nails, barbed wire samples and old bottles.
Dorothy served others in many ways.  Over the years she tutored with various literacy programs in area elementary schools.  She took Defense Civil Preparedness classes.  In the 1960s she worked in the Cub Scouting program.  She volunteered for the March of Dimes.  She trained as an EMT and as a hunter safety instructor.  She served on the Ely City Council in the 1980s and was involved with adult education in the 1990s, working at the Ely Conservation  Camp.  Dorothy spoke at a 1999 convention of the Nevada United Four Wheelers Association as an Ely historian.  For a number of years, she was involved with the Retired and Senior Volunteers Program.  In her later years, she enjoyed visiting local thrift shops in her motorized wheel chair.
Dorothy attended many different religious congregations over the years.  She was baptized a member of the L.D.S. church in December of 2012.  At her request, there will be no services.