Terry Citro Phillips

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.


Submitted by Linda Doto (Tolmie) on
So sorry for your loss. "Aunt" Terry was a wonderful lady and so full of life. She will be missed.

Submitted by Don Papa on
To the Phillips Family: please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a great Lady- Mamma Phillips! It was my pleasure to know her for over twenty five years and appreciated her many fine qualities ranging from a positive, good nature spirit to a fine sense of humor, unmatched care and consideration for all! She always spoke lovingly of her family, her late husband and her rewarding experience working and contributing toward our successful efforts during the second world war. I will always remember her warm smile and enthusiasm for any topic of conversation and am certain all of those who had the good fortune of knowing Mamma Phillips will agree! Warmest regards, Don Papa

Submitted by DOLLY SANZONE on

Submitted by Olivia on
I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you and your entire family strength and bring you joy and peace that you deserve. The scriptures in Revelation 21:4 gives us encouragement. God promises death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. So we know that all these things that bring pain in our lives will be done away with in the future. Please read them and they will give you strength and hope during this tough time.