Russell High Class of 1959
home of the wildcats
Current address: 2201 Iron Gate Dr., Smyrna, GA 30080
Telephone: 404-351-6490 (H) 404-550-1306 (C)
Spouse: Albert (Al) E. Phillips - RHS '58
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After graduating from Russell, I attended the University of Georgia graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and a minor in Education.
To see the world, I worked for Eastern Airlines in Atlanta from 1963-67. After marrying my Episcopal priest’s son in 1967, I began teaching in Clayton County Public Schools in Riverdale where I taught 5th grade for two years. My travel bug returned at the time Alitalia Airlines opened an office in Atlanta, so I worked there in sales for several years. In 1973, I moved to Houston, Texas to work for Korean Airlines for a year, divorced, then returned to Atlanta where I worked for Air India airlines until 1977.
The best part of my life began in 1977 when I married Al Phillips, RHS class of ’58. We have been happily married for 32 years, living in the same house for the last 31 years. During this time, I have been involved in The Atlanta Humane Society, The Cathedral of St. Philip, our Neighborhood Civic Association, our neighborhood Garden club…I love our yard and gardening, residential real estate sales for several years, ALTA tennis for 25 years, an investment club, contract bridge for the last 6 years, and have run a small family business for the last 12 years. Every day I walk 2 miles along the Chattahoochee River near our home with our two dogs, my constant companions. I also work out several times a week.
I have a stepdaughter and step son (Al’s grown children) and 4 step grandchildren, ages 9 – 12, who live in Marietta and Roswell. My sister’s daughter, is also like a daughter to us. She has one daughter, my grandniece, who we consider our fifth grandchild, age 10 and lives in Newnan.
Since 2007, Al has been trying to retire from his law practice of 45 years.…I’m not sure he is going to make it; however, he has slowed down, freeing up more time for travel and just enjoying life. I have traveled to many places in the USA, North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the Carribean. But of all the places we’ve been in the world, our favorite place to vacation is the Carribean island of St. Barts in the French West Indies. It’s a place we keep returning to again and again. C'est une belle vie.