Carol Elizabeth Phillips

June 09, 1944 - December 23, 2023

Carol Elizabeth Phillips

June 09, 1944 - December 23, 2023


Carol E. Phillips

June 9, 1944 – December 23,2023

Burlington, WA- Carol Elizabeth Phillips passed away peacefully at HomePlace Memory Care on December 23, 2023 after many years living with Alzheimers disease.

Born on June 9, 1944 in Seattle, WA, she grew up with her sisters Christine and Robyn and brother Robert.  She graduated from Shoreline High School in 1962.  She went on to graduate from Western Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education and worked for the Bellingham School District for thirty years.  During that time she also completed her Masters Degree in Education also from WWU.  She was a beloved teacher and was honored and proud to be an educator.  After retirement she moved right into watching her grandchildren until they were all school age.  They were truly her greatest joys.

Carol will be remembered for her unlimited kindness and selflessness.  She was an animal lover often fostering kittens and cats before adoption.  She was a voracious reader and also enjoyed traveling and meeting her friends for coffee dates.  She cherished time with her sisters and her grandchildren.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Carolyn Broderick and her sister, Christine Andrews. She is survived by her son, Jeff Phillips: her daughter Kristen Mounts and son in law James Mounts; her grandchildren Jaden and Andi Phillips, and Logan, Grace and Connor Mounts; her sister Robyn Riley, brother Robert Broderick: and many extended family members and cherished friends.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date TBD.  Please share memories and stories at

The family would like to thank the wonderful Hospice of the Northwest staff for their exceptional support and guidance in Carol’s final weeks as well as the staff and caregivers of HomePlace Burlington and Ashley Gardens of Mount Vernon.

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2 responses to Carol Elizabeth Phillips

  1. Pam Mueller says:

    David and I are both sorry for your loss. Carol was both a supportive colleague and good friend.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Not only was she a dear friend for 30 years, but she was also a confidant and always available when needed. We spent many years together enjoying two places Carol loved: the beach at Whidbey Island and the shores of Maui, HI. We met when Carol was a teacher and I was working in her classroom. The love and kindness she had for children is something I will never forget. It didn’t matter who the child was or what challenges they had, she always treated them equally. Kindness and compassion was paramount in her teaching. Carol was sweet, thoughtful and always gracious with her time and wisdom. It really didn’t matter who you were, if she had the time she would be there. I enjoyed many coffee, lunch, and dinner dates with Carol and her best friend Cory. Their insightfulness on life experiences was something I always looked forward to when I spent time with them. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t get to say goodbye the way we would like to and little did I know that the last time I went to visit her would be the last. The wonderful vision and memory of her waving goodbye to me from the window will be etched in my mind forever. I will miss her friendship and camaraderie dearly, but I know Carol is flying high with the heavenly angels above, which is exactly what she deserves.

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