Meredith Ellen Van Oort Phillipps passed away August 15, 2013 after a courageous fight with ovarian cancer. She was born January 24, 1955 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Jo-Ellen Van Oort and Rev. Harold Van Oort. She grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and cherished her two sisters, Leslie and Laura.
She was a gifted and motivated student and excelled in writing and art, and theatre as well in her biggest passion: ballet. Meredith began studying ballet when she was a small girl, and began to more seriously pursue it during high school, travelling into New York City to dance at the Joffrey School. She went on to pursue a major in dance at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 1977.
While at the university, she met her future husband, Tony Phillipps, a music major who was performing with the Cincinnati Symphony. They connected through her lifelong love of classical music; he eventually took a position as a percussionist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. This job led them to relocate to Burnaby, British Columbia and they settled in North Delta where they welcomed two children, Matthew and Kathryn. Meredith was a wonderfully nurturing and giving mother, she had a huge heart for her children.
The family moved in 1998 to Lynden, WA and Meredith became a teacher, working in the Burlington-Edison School District teaching gifted and talented and 5th grade. Meredith loved spending time with family and friends, being involved in her church and community.
She is survived by her husband Tony, her two children, her sisters Laura and Leslie, nieces and nephews, extended family all across the country, and many good friends.
Farewell Tribute Information
A memorial service will be held Saturday August 24th at 11:00am at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA. Donations Information
Donations to the Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital (Bellingham, WA) in Merediths memory are appreciated.