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Ruth Elder Phillips

February 12, 1930 — January 12, 2024

   Ruth Welch Elder Phillips, 93, of Country Club Drive, Edenton, NC, died Friday, January 12, 2024 in ECU Health Chowan Hospital, Edenton.

   Mrs. Phillips was born on February 12, 1930 and was raised in Siler City, the daughter of the late Harland H. “Buster” and Nell Welch Elder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Lee “Bill” Phillips, Sr.; and by a sister, Jenny Fitch.

   A retired Eligibility Specialist with the Chowan County Department of Social Services, she was a member of Edenton United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are her children, Janet P. Clark (husband, Dr. M. Gray Clark) of Greensboro and Bill L. Phillips, Jr. (wife, Claire Copeland Phillips) of Edenton; a sister, Dorothy J. “Dot” Harris (husband, Bob) of Southport; a brother, Bill Elder (wife, Barbara) of Siler City; grandsons, Aaron Clark (wife, Alyssa) of Gilbert, AZ and Jacob Clark (wife, Virginia) of Mesa, AZ; and four great-grandchildren, Emerson, Everett, Olivia, and Cameron Clark.

   A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 16th, at 10:00 a.m. in Chatham Memorial Park, 13260 US Hwy 64 West, Siler City, and will be conducted by her son-in-law, Dr. M. Gray Clark.

   Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be made by visiting

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