January 13, 2011 |

Memorial held for Phillips

A memorial service for Ambrosia "Amber" Rose Phillips was held Tuesday at the Haines ANB Hall.

Phillips, 30, died at the home of her father, Eli Phillips, in Juneau. The cause of death is unknown, pending the results of an autopsy.

Phillips was born in Haines on Aug. 11, 1980. She attended elementary and middle school here. "She came back last summer and went camping with her family and fiancé. She said they were going to come back this year," said friend Becky Hinkle.

Sister Cheri Phillips described Amber as spunky. "She was always full of laughter and had something funny to say. She was willing to help other people out. She was good-hearted."

Phillips was a mom and homemaker who lived in Seattle several years before returning to Juneau two years ago. According to family members, Phillips "gave her heart to the Lord" on Dec. 20, 2009 at the River of Glory Church in Juneau.

She was a member of the ANS Haines Camp through grandmother Daisy Phillips, they said.

Survivors include parents Eli and Kathy Phillips, children Knute, Ashley, Jake and Kayla, sister Cheri Anne Phillips, and brother Cory Bryant, all from Juneau. She also is survived by brother John Bryant of Oregon and by stepsisters Kali Phillips and Karli Phillips of Haines.

Grandparents are Paul and Daisy Phillips and John and Dorothy Meyers; uncles include Randy Meyers, Paul, Fred, Milton, Howard and John Phillips; aunts Flora Beierly, Vivian Taylor, Paulina Case, Ginger Kinsey and Nancy Phillips and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Don Kimbell, Sonny Williams, Elijah Marks, Kelly Wilson, Levi Thompson, and Tyler Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Lindeman, Knute Felipe II, and Dean Henderson.

She also is survived by fiancé Chris Lindeman of Seattle.

To make donations in the name of Amber Phillips, contact Fred Phillips at 907-209-2054.

A viewing was held at Evergreen Memorial in Juneau on Jan. 7. Phillips was to be buried at Jones Point Cemetery.