Amy Pearl Philip, of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away in the Hospice Unit of Ashtabula County Medical Center on Thursday, June 5, 2014. She was 94 years old.
She was born March 31, 1920, in Summerford, Newfoundland, the daughter of Olive Anstey Gidge and Ford Anstey.
Amy came to the United States when she was 18 years old and lived in New York City, where she met her husband, Steve E. Philip, who was on leave there from the U.S. Navy. They met at Rockefeller Center's skating rink in New York and then moved to Ashtabula to be married. Amy and Steve had four children and Amy dedicated her life to them. She often returned to Newfoundland and took her children with her, so they could experience the culture and to spend time with family as well.
She was a member of East Side Presbyterian Church and enjoyed the fellowship of her church friends. Amy also loved to travel to her home, Newfoundland, and also Florida, where her son and family lives. She looked forward to the visits and couldn't wait until the next one.
Amy loved to knit, loved her flower gardens and couldn't wait for her fruit trees to grow fruit, so she could share with family and friends.
Survivors of Amy include a son, Leslie Philip and wife Lydia of Longwood, Fla.; and daughters, Deborah Philip Riffe and husband James of Ashtabula, Ohio and Renee Philip Martin and husband John of Hartsgrove, Ohio; and brothers, Adolphus (Hannah) Anstey, Doyle (Leleia) Anstey, Mackenzie (Laureen) Gidge and Allen (Mildred) Gidge, all of Canada and Newfoundland. Amy also has several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and she was also a great-great-grandmother, which made five generations.
Amy was preceded in death by her husband, Steve E. Philip; son, Stephen R. Philip; mother and father; sister, Laura Price of Newfoundland; and brothers, Roland Anstey, Gilbert Anstey and Reese Gidge, all of Newfoundland and Canada.
A celebration of Amy's life will be held at East Side Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, but the date is still pending. An announcement will be made upon completion of plans.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve or East Side Presbyterian Church.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements. Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.