Anne Phillips (Garifalas) - Class Of 1969

GARIFALOS Anne Elizabeth (nee Phillips) of Loveland passed away January 28, 2003. Beloved wife of James E. Garifalos. Devoted mother of John Nikolas Garifalos, 28, of Reisterstown, MD, Lauren Elizabeth Garifalos, 24 of Hyde Park and Emily Carolyn Garifalos, 22 of Loveland, OH died at the age of 51 after a five year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Carolyn Phillips of Macon, GA and her sister, Joan Watterson of Alpharetta, GA.

Mrs. Garifalos, a graduate of Auburn University, spent 16 years teaching students from preschool through the high school level. During this time, she served as a Navy Wife, Brownie Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, soccer Mom and a swim coach. She began a career in business in 1991 and was medically retired from Honeywell-Measurex Corporation in 2000 after being promoted to Program Manager with responsibility for several software development projects globally.

Anne was a founding member of the "Churc Ladies,' an outreach committee at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Loveland who dress in ""little old lady' garb to visit shut-ins and hospitalized parishioners. In 2000, Anne was awarded the first Serenity Award at the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, for courage and grace in living with cancer. She was highlighted in a Laura Pulfer article in the Cincinnati Enquirer. She continued to minister to her friends and family and to bring joy and wisdom to all who visited, until her death.

A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at Epiphany United Methodist Church at 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Rd. in Loveland, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Epiphany United Methodist Church; Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 710784, Cincinnati, OH 45271; or to the Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

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08/13/11 12:59 PM #1    

Miki Fluker (1970)

-Posted by Cathy Skinner Lancaster, Class of 1970
Anne was my big sister in our high school sorority. She was always so sweet and so much fun. One time we cut school (oh my gosh, don't tell my kids!) and went horse back riding in the snow. We were Bravehearts -what a great memory! (Well she really was the braver one. She covered for us - I was way too chicken.) I was so sad to hear Anne had left us.


08/13/11 01:48 PM #2    

Miki Fluker (1970)

-Posted by Charlene Brown Cotton, Class of 1970
Anne and I got acquainted through the Lasseter Lantern, and boyfriends who were 'lost boys.' She introduced me to high school sororities, and was my campaign manager when I ran for Student Council. 
Anne up my first date with a college guy, and took me to my first college football game. War Eagle! I missed her wedding to Jim Garrifalos due to my final exam in Anatomy.

We exchanged Christmas cards and photos for a few years, but I lost contact when we had three moves in one year. She was a great friend, and a generous soul.

08/13/11 01:50 PM #3    

Miki Fluker (1970)

-Posted by Kathy Wynn Griffis, Class of 1969
Anne & I were born on the same day. Anne & I took piano lessons from the same lady. Anne went on a vacation with us when we were teenagers--we had fun, but my brother didn't like it.
Anne & I were pregnant with our youngest children at the same time & used the same Dr. While I was in the hospital with Charlie, my Dr would come into my room & the first thing I'd do was ask about Anne. He finally got to the point that when he opened my door he would tell me she wasn't there yet. She had Lauren the day I left.
Anne & I didn't keep in touch like I wish we should have (she didn't like moving above the Mason-Dixon Line) & I will always regret that, but at least we reconnected several months before she died. Anne was "my sister", sunshine, enthusiasm, etc. I have her picture with the rest of my family's pictures. I will always miss Anne.


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