Kathleen Collins Phifer
TUSCALOOSA - Kathleen Collins Phifer, age 91, of Tuscaloosa, passed
away Aug. 1, 2006 at LaRocca Nursing Home. Graveside services will be 11
a.m. Friday in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Pastor Carl Wells
officiating and Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home
September 28, 1914 - August 1, 2006
Kathleen Phifer was preceded in death by her husband, William
Gough Phifer, Colonel USAF (retired), her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
W. Collins, and her brother, Ernest "Rainy" W. Collins, Jr. of
Tuscaloosa.She is survived by her son, William David Phifer, Sr. and his
wife, Linda; three grandchildren, Leigh Jane Phifer of Pasadena,
California, Sarah Phifer Tuggle of Anchorage, Alaska, and William David
Phifer, Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska. Kathleen is also survived by her
brother-in-law, Mr. Joe Phifer and his wife, Genie, of Tuscaloosa, as
well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Kathleen was born in Gallion,
Alabama on September 28, 1914. She moved to Tuscaloosa at the age of ten
where she completed her education, graduating from the University of
Alabama with a Bachelors degree in Education. She belonged to Zeta Tau
Alpha sorority. Mrs. Phifer received her Masters degree from Hofstra
College, Long Island, New York.
She taught school for 31 years in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wiesbaden, Germany, Long Island, New York,
Gulfport, Mississippi, Anchorage, Alaska, and Riverside,
Kathleen Phifer was a lifelong member of the First Baptist
Church. She also belonged to the DAR, Arts and Letters Club, Modern
Culture Club, Estes Embroidery Circle, and Qui Vive Club.
would like to thank Teresa Ragsdale for the loving care she provided to
Kathleen Phifer for many years. The family would also like to thank
LaRocca Nursing Home for the compassionate and professional care they
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 721
Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or your favorite charity.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 3, 2006.