Mary Ann Phillips passed away after a short illness on June 20, 2021. She was born on April 9, 1938 in Cleveland, OH, the only child of John and Helen Pink. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald L. Phillips (Pete); children Susan Pearce (Dave), John Phillips, Martha Mischou (Greg), four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1956 and received her Bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1960. In 1990, Mary Ann earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She continued her professional education working toward a Ph.D in Organizational Development at the University of San Francisco.
Pete and Mary Ann met at Kent State and were married June 16, 1961. For their honeymoon, they drove from Cleveland to their new home in Novato, CA. Pete was employed at the Mare Island Naval shipyard and Mary Ann worked for the Marin County school district. In 1963, they moved to Sunnyvale, CA when Pete went to work for the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. In 1975, Pete and Mary Ann moved to Cupertino, CA, where they raised their family. Mary Ann continued to pursue her career and held several Human Resources positions at FMC in San Jose, CA and at Nestle in both California and Ohio. In 1995, the couple returned to Cupertino where they began their retirement. In 2015, they moved to a retirement community in Brentwood, CA.
Mary Ann enjoyed a good book, robust conversation and was a confirmed night owl. She was a kind and generous woman who always had time to listen. The family enjoyed traveling and have many fond memories of trips across the US, Europe, Mexico and Japan. Mary Ann was committed to her community and served on a variety of boards. She was elected US Area President of the YMCA Service Club (2009-2011). Mary Ann was a parishioner at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Cupertino and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in Antioch, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Y Service Clubs - Time of Fast program which benefits YMCA development projects worldwide (www.ysmen.org). A celebration of her life will be held in August.
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