Terry Citro Phillips, 98 of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 10, 2019 at her home after a short illness. “Death is not a mystery-Life is.”
Terry was born in Wilmington, the daughter of Mary Johanna (Christiana) and Angelo Citro. She was a graduate of Wilmington High School and attended Washburn and Rice Universities.
In addition to raising her four boys, she was a military wife for 28 years and worked for the Federal Government for 30 years. Terry worked for the Navy Department at Dravo Shipyard during World War II, the Veterans Hospital, the Office of the Attorney General and retired from the Veterans Employment Services in 1992. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and was active in the Retired Officers’ Association and attended annual reunions around the country.
Terry enjoyed traveling, especially her annual trip to Marco Island with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time with her nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. She was always willing to help with the grandchildren and was their favorite babysitter. Terry was delighted by the birth of her twin great-grandsons and the birth of her great-granddaughter in May. Terry’s large family was very important to her and she loved hosting family celebrations including this last Christmas Eve.
Terry was the 8th of 12 children and was the sister of the late Vincent Shavico, Grace Shavico Sanzone, Amos Shavico, Josephine Citro Drupieski, Albert Citro, Charles Citro, John Citro, Madelyn Citro McCullin, Marie Citro Hall and Adeline Citro Tolmie. Her husband, Lt. Col. Rowland G. Phillips, USAF, Rtd. passed away in 1978.
Terry is survived by her sons and their spouses, Scott R. Phillips (Melody) of Landenberg, PA, Mark H. Phillips and Eric C. Phillips (Dorothy White), all of Wilmington and Dennis M. Phillips (Linda) of Villanova, PA; her grandchildren, Daniel, Alexandra (Michael Carl), Justin, Lisa, Marissa, Sam, Rachael, Brent, Reed, step grandchildren Jeff Ward, and Ashley Ward, and her great-grandchildren, Finnegan, Sebastian, Riley and her brother, Angelo “Bucky” Citro of Emerald Isle, NC.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 12 Noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Shipley and Weldin Roads, Wilmington, where friends may call after 10 AM. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Salesianum High School, 1801 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 or Heartland Hospice, 750 Prides Crossing #110 Newark, DE 19713.