Phyllis J. Hill   August 3, 1929 - March 18, 2017

Phyllis J. Hill, age 87, died peacefully on Saturday, March 18th 2017 at Oakwood Assisted Living in Stephenville, Texas.

She was born on August 3rd 1929 in Coffeyville, KS.  She graduated from Highland Park HS class of 1946 and then the University of Texas Austin in 1950 with a Bachelors of Arts.  Phyllis pledged Chi Omega when she transferred from Vassar College to UT Austin.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard T. Lipscomb, her second husband, Dick Hill and her parents Arthur Chadwick Ogden and Lucille Boyd Ogden. She is survived by her sisters, Carol Ogden Jones and Nina Ogden Knode; children, Mark Lipscomb, Jan Lipscomb Pack and husband Jim and Linda Lipscomb; grandchildren, Helen Lipscomb Mason and husband Peyton, Sarah Lipscomb, Travis Lipscomb, Julie Pack and Justin Pack.

 

Being athletically gifted, Phyllis participated in many sports including horseback riding, swimming, diving and basketball in High School and College.  She was the President of the Riding Club at Highland Park High School.  Her father instilled a love of sports and actively encouraged her to develop all of her athletic abilities.

 

When she was a freshman at Vassar College, the school paper (Miscellany News) referred to her as a spectacular diver. 

Phyllis was on the winning Chi Omega Intramural swimming and basketball teams at the University of Texas Austin. 

 

In addition to sports she enjoyed choreographing and dancing with her Chi Omega sorority sisters during College and Crowley’s Follies in the late 1960’s. She sang and danced her way well into her 80’s.

 

Athletics was not the only place she excelled. Phyllis was very intelligent.  In college she was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honorary society recognizing academic excellence among freshman women. Phyllis’ degree was a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Spanish languages and she was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, an honorary society that recognizes superior academic achievement in Spanish languages and literature.

 

Phyllis passed down her academic and athletic excellence to her children who then passed down these traits to their children.

 

Phyllis and family moved to Richardson in 1958 and were active at First United Methodist Church Richardson, where Linda and Mark attended kindergarten.  Phyllis participated in the Singles Sunday School Class and Jan and Linda were part of the choirs and MYF throughout their junior high and senior high school years.

 

During the early 1960's, Phyllis began playing bridge and developed a love of the game.  She played bridge well into her 70's.  She was also an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.

 

In the early 1970’s, Phyllis was one of the first women to be employed, as an agent, by the Allstate Insurance company.  She also was employed as a Real Estate agent with the Ebby Halliday Company.

 

When Phyllis began living in Assisted Living facilities, the caregivers loved her quick wit and that she always had a smile on her face.  She would often dance and generally made life more fun for all those around her.

Phyllis had a great love of animals and would appreciate donations, in her name, to your local animal shelter.

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