Dorothy Mary Phillips

  • BORN: September 26, 1924
  • DIED: July 3, 2017
  • LOCATION: Fishers, Indiana

Dorothy Mary Phillips (nee Barnett) – Age 92
Dorothy Mary Phillips (nee Barnett) died on July 3, 2017, in Fishers, Indiana. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, on September 26, 1924. She was the eldest of six children born to Lawrence and Norma Barnett.

After graduating from Yankeetown High School in Yankeetown, Indiana, she received an appointment to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C. While at the FBI she learned about and provided information to investigators that assisted in the arrests of Julius and Ethyl Rosenberg.

While in Washington D.C. she met and married John W. Phillips. After returning to Indiana they raised five children, Judith Ann Sheets, Mark Lawrence Phillips, Jane Norma Wright, Jeff William Phillips and Matthew Ray Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her daughter Jane, her granddaughter Tammy Hardebeck (Morgan), her parents, and two of her brothers, Jim Barnett and Bill Barnett. She is survived by her sister Carolyn Boyken of Newburgh, Indiana, two brothers Robert Barnett and Richard Barnett, both of Evansville, Indiana, three sons (Mark, of La Porte, Indiana, , Jeff, and Matthew, both of Indianapolis), one daughter (Judith, of Indianapolis), eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

As a teenager, Dorothy became an accomplished accordionist and performed at many functions and receptions. Later in life, her love of music led her to learn to play the organ, which she did to the entertainment of her entire family – husband, children and grandchildren. She was also a sports enthusiast who played softball, spent many happy days assisting her children in their sporting endeavors, and thousands of hours at the "ball park" and in stadiums and arenas watching her children and grandchildren perform. She even lived long enough to see her Cubbies win the World Series.

Dorothy loved family get-togethers that always included her famous chocolate cake. Her smile, her love, her sense of humor, and devotion to family will be missed by all.

A private service will be held for the family at a later date. Local arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Homes, Cicero, Indiana where you may send condolences at

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“ your Mom was a remarkable woman. I have many fond memories of the time we spent together. ”

Posted by: sharon hammann - plainfield, IN

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