FARMINGTON - Susan Jean Phillips, 52, of Farmington, died on Dec. 3, 2013, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.
She was born Aug. 27, 1961, in Portland, a daughter of Charles L. and Eleanor (Gormley) Phillips. She graduated from Freeport High School and was a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine, Farmington.
She was a beloved teacher who will be remembered at RSU 9 schools: Mallett, Middle School and Cushing.
Susan was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, walking, gardening and camping, and she most recently learned the art of fly-fishing.
She is survived by her children, Cameron Salisbury, of Portland, and Keirstin Salisbury, Andrew Salisbury and twins William Salisbury and Aidan Salisbury, all of Farmington; her soul mate, Christopher Begin, of Farmington; her dad, Charles L. Phillips, and his partner, Maryann Proulx, of Freeport; her siblings, Nancy Scott, and her husband, Brad, of Gorham, Charles Phillips "Sonny" Jr., of Freeport, Mark Phillips, of Advance, N.C., and Diane Phillips, of Freeport; four nieces: Jessica Scott, Lindsey McGeehan and her husband, David, Jessica Salisbury and Rebecca Salisbury; and one nephew, Myles Phillips; and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Eleanor Phillips, on Jan. 24, 1998.
A celebration of Susan's lifetime will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at North Church in Farmington's historic Downtown District. The presence of your bright colored clothing will be recognized as a joyful remembrance of Susan's influence on your life. Following services, all are welcome to a comfort reception held in the church undercroft. Susan's preference is to please omit flowers. Those who wish may give remembrance gifts to the Susan Phillips' Children Fund, attention Beth Beaudoin, University Credit Union, 154 High St., Farmington, ME 04938. Cremation services are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Tributes and condolences may be shared on her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.