Anna Phillips VAN GILDER
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Anna Phillips VAN GILDER
  • October 20, 1928 - November 26, 2017
  • Lubbock, Texas

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The celebration of a life well lived for Sally Van Gilder of Wolfforth, Texas will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Wolfforth United Methodist Church with Chaplain Mark Spain officiating. The family will gather at the church to receive friends at 10:00 AM.

Sally loved the Lord faithfully. She loved her family unconditionally. She loved her friends fiercely. Anna Belle "Sally" Lindemann Phillips Van Gilder was born in the Whitfield community east of Kress, TX on October 20, 1928, the oldest child of Henry and Jewell Lindemann. Sally and her siblings Homer, Alvena, Rhoda and Fred were raised on farms around Kress, TX. On a blind date in September 1946 she met Floyd Sanford "Phil" Phillips. they were married on June 21, 1947. Together they raised four children, Dick, Greg, Suzann, and Brad, in Lubbock, TX. Sally graduated from Lippert's Business College in Plainview, TX and made a career as an accountant. She and Phil owned and operated Phillips Bookkeeping and Tax Service for 19 years. Following Phil's death in 1982, she met Bill Van Gilder and they married in October of 1988. At that time she facilitated combining 2 families into one and made sure that everyone felt loved and included.

Sally was an active member and volunteer in several organizations during her lifetime including a charter member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church and member of the Wolfforth United Methodist Church, The Texas Association of Financial and Tax Specialists, Texas and National Association of Public Accountants, Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Al-Anon and many more.
She was widely known for her southern hospitality, her positive attitude, and her willingness to listen. She became the matriarch, a role she took great pride in, of a large clan of misfits and merry makers and she made sure the family always stayed in touch and made time to get together.

Sally experienced a lot of loss in her life including three of her children, Dick, Suzann and Brad and her siblings Homer, Alvena, Rhoda and Fred but she met it all head on with great faith and grace. She was a teacher to us all.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Van Gilder, son, Greg Phillips (and his wife Ramona), daughter-in-law Joyce Phillips, son, Larry Van Gilder (and his wife Judy), son, Paul Van Gilder (and his wife Cathy), eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends that love her dearly. She will be missed by so many.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8