Ethel R. (Mayo) Phillips, a resident of Seminole county for 45 years, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Wewoka at the age of 91.

Ethel R. (Mayo) Phillips, a resident of Seminole county for 45 years, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Wewoka at the age of 91.

Ethel was born April 28, 1925, in Washington, Oklahoma, to Jessie Mayo and Stella (Lee) Mayo. Ethel moved to Oklahoma from California. She graduated from Dibble High School, Dibble, Oklahoma. Ethel was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church of Bowlegs, Oklahoma. She was a cook at Bowlegs school for 10 years and also worked at Seminole Wal-Mart for 10 years.

Ethel married Claude Phillips on July 10, 1954, in Los Angeles, California. Claude passed away in 1986.

Ethel is survived by four sons, Chester Phillips of Bowlegs, Oklahoma, Delbert Phillips of Oklahoma, Forest Phillips of Arizona, James Phillips of Oklahoma; two daughters, Christ Siminski and her husband Rich of New York, Jean Ryan and her husband, Gary of Wolf, Oklahoma; one brother, Noriss Lee “Shorty” Mayo of Dibble, Oklahoma; one sister, Ruby Virginia Marrow and her husband Ray of Colorado; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Stella Mayo; husband, Claude Phillips in 1986; two sons, Charles Phillips who passed away in 1996 and Richard Phillips who passed away in 2006; two sisters, Lula Bell Holmes and Betty Marrow.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at Little, Oklahoma, with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

Serving as casket bearers are: Chester Phillips, Gary Ryan, Jerry Brashears, Billie James, Adam Phillips and Chris Hale.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

Messages of condolences may be sent to www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.