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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Diane Phillips

Mrs. Diane Phillips, 63, of Parrottsville, Tenn., passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 10, 2012 at home with her husband Charles Phillips and sister-in-law Nancy Shea by her side.

She was preceded in death by her father Edward Staruk and sister Susan Staruk both of Vineyard Haven, Mass.

She is survived by her husband Charles Phillips of Parrottsville, son Tony Phillips of St. Augustine, Fla., son Cody Phillips and daughter-in-law Alison Phillips of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., mother Helen Staruk, twin sister Joyce Staruk, and niece and nephew Calla and Ed Staruk Gillies all of Vineyard Haven, Mass. She leaves behind many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends in New England, the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, and in the magical Florida Keys.

Diane will always be remembered for her smile. When she walked into a room, the room would light up, and all seemed well. She was a joy to all of us and our lives are better for having known her. One of her favorite periods in life was when she sailed into the Florida Keys aside her husband and young son on a 50-foot sailboat called "Jubalee." In time she established residence on No Name Key, and helped to launch the Blue Moon Trader. The Florida Keys were a very special time in Diane's life.

Leaving Boston in the early '70s after attending Boston College, she also lived in Mystic, Conn. and the past 14 years in Tennessee. She once said, "Bloom where you are planted," and that's exactly what she did.

Family and friends will gather from 3 p.m. to sunset on Friday, Dec. 21 at Bahia Honda State Park to remember Diane, with a ceremony taking place at 4:30 p.m.