Mary Louise Phillips, 81, of Harwood, died August 26, 2013 at her home.
Born on September 1, 1931 in Washington D.C. to the late Alonzo and Lula Mae McAleer, Louise and her late husband, Malcolm Dean Phillips raised 29 foster children.
Since 1956, Louise has been an active member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School superintendent, as well as being an active member of the Adult Fellowship. She also volunteered with the Lutheran Missions.
Her hobbies included quilting, seamstress work, and attending auctions and yard sales.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wesley McAleer.
She is survived by a son, and daughter-in-law, Kyle "Rusty" and Janet Phillips of Davidsonville; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Michael Taliaferro of Grand Rapids, MI, Connie and Hal Dantinne of Lancaster, PA, Sandy and Doug Hughes of Severna Park, Lori and Timothy McDonald of Harwood, Cheryl and Arthur Howard of Edgewater, Karen and Larry Shelor of Christiansburg, VA and Cathy Williams and friend Bill McChesney of Millsboro, DE; a very special friend, Ralph Horrell of Harwood; and 23 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to Louise's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 122 Bayard Rd., Lothian, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 30.