Philomena E. 'Phil' Moran McWilliams


Philomena E. 'Phil' Moran McWilliams

January 9, 1969 - January 31, 2015

Philomena E. "Phil" McWilliams, 46, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Phil was born on January 9, 1969 in Stevenville, Newfoundland, Canada. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and taught third grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School. Phil received her Bachelor's Degree in December from Middle Georgia State College. Her classmates voted her to receive the Martha Venn Award for excelling as a non-traditional student. Phil loved the beach where she would relax and enjoy spending time with her family. She was a devoted mother, daughter, and teacher who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Her memory will forever be treasured by her loving daughters, Alison, Emily, and Anna McWilliams of Fort Valley; parents, Charles and Nellie Rouzes Moran of Fort Valley; sisters, Caroline Hollingsworth (Virgil) of Fort Valley and Cherlane Rouzes of Stevenville, Newfoundland; and former husband, Jerry McWilliams of Warner Robins.

A Rosary will be said on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment following in Parkway Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given In Memory of Philomena E. "Phil" McWilliams to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund 251 South Davis Drive, Warner Robins, GA. 31088.

Go to to sign the Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home:
McCullough Funeral Home
417 S. Houston Lake Rd.
Warner Robins, GA
US 31088

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Feb 5
Thursday, February 05, 2015
6:00PM - 8:00PM

McCullough Funeral Home
417 S. Houston Lake Road
Warner Robins, GA 31088

Feb 6
Friday, February 06, 2015
Parkway Memorial Gardens
720 Carl Vinson Parkway
Warner Robins, GA 31093

Feb 6
Funeral Service
Friday, February 06, 2015
11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
300 S. Davis Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 31088

Jeff Parrish
February 12, 2015

Gone too soon. Phil your friends will miss your smile and you will live on in our memories. It was hard to say goodbye.

Peggy Sasso
February 7, 2015

Prayers for your family during these difficult days. May the love of Jesus Christ and the gift of memories bring you all peace and healing.
love Peggy Sasso

Darlene Simon, DeGrau Newfoundland
February 7, 2015

Thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. My mom, Eleanor, have you all in her prayers also. Philomena will be sadly missed by everyone.

Froso Eccher (Former H.S. Classmate Wiesbaden, Germany)
February 6, 2015

Thoughts and prayers are with the Moran and Mc Williams family. Especially, Caroline her sister and her 3 beautiful daughters. May her memory be eternal.

Gail Hakes
February 5, 2015

So sorry for your loss. My blessing go out to you and family.

February 5, 2015

So sorry to hear about this. Phil was such a sweet lady to work with while teaching at Sacred Heart in 2007. May the Lord be with the family and fill your hearts with peace.

Marcee Swarny-High School Classmate
February 5, 2015

I was blessed to have known Philomena in Germany while attending High School in Wiesbaden. She had such a kindness and a brightness about her. Always laughing and smiling. I kept track of her through the years through my brother Mark Swarny who kept in touch with Phil. I was looking forward to meeting up with her one day at a reunion after having found her on facebook. But time gets away from us and reminds us to do things now and not put them off. My heart goes out to her daughters and to your whole family. May you find some peace knowing how much Phil was loved by all who knew her!!

The Bird Family
February 4, 2015

It has been a privilege to have our children at Sacred Heart with Mrs. McWIlliams. Her kind spirit was evident to everyone who came in contact with her. She has left her mark on the hearts of many, many children and her memory will live on in all of them and their parents who were blessed enough to know her.

Melissa Beck
February 4, 2015

Jerry and Family, we are sorry to read about Phil's passing. We hope God will find and comfort you and your Family in your time of sorrow. We will pray for you. Sincerely, Doug, Melissa, Elizabeth & Patrick Beck

Vera and Don Grissom
February 4, 2015

We pray for peace and comfort for Phil's family and many friends. She was a loving mother and a caring person who will be missed by all who knew her. She was taken from this earth too soon but she will always be nearby in spirit.

Kayleigh Muilenburg
February 4, 2015

I am sorry to hear this unfortunate news. Mrs. McWilliams was always there when I entered Sacred Heart in fourth grade and have many fond memories pertaining to the family. Remember that everything happens for a reason and that God has a plan, and that she is with Him and watching over you always. You all are in my prayers always. Stay Strong!

Jennifer Muilenburg
February 4, 2015

I am so very sorry to hear about Phil. She's such a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. God bless you all and know that you all are in my prayers.

Belle Siebenaler
February 4, 2015

May God wrap your family in His loving arms and bring you comfort during this painful time. My sincere condolences to Ms. McWilliams family.

Paulette Williams
February 4, 2015

I worked with Phil at Sacred Heart School in 2005/6. She was always happy and so helpful to Caroline and their Kindergarteners and to me as a new teacher--especially with the laminator! Caroline, I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I was so impressed when I saw on Facebook that Phil persevered with her dream of becoming a teacher. What an incredible woman! Our loss is heavens gain. We have such fond memories of the Sacred Heart community and Phil will always exemplify the love and warm welcome that we felt while living in Warner Robins. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones and the entire Sacred Heart Family.

Bill Ervin
February 4, 2015

virgil, please pass on our condolences to your wife. Reggie and i are praying for your family.

Mark and Sherry Campbell
February 4, 2015

Our family will always have fond memories of such a beautiful person. All my girls loved her a as a teacher and as a person. We are fortunate to have known her and our prayers are with her family.

Elaine Tignor
February 4, 2015

From day one of my children's 13 years at Sacred Heart School, Phil was a reassuring presence, ever watchful, loving, firm, and caring. Though she has been taken too soon, the positive impact of her life is exemplary. Prayers for peace to her family.

Elaine Pope
February 4, 2015

Prayers to the family. Sacred Heart Catholic School has lost a fine teacher. So glad to have had the pleasure of knowing this very nice lady.

Marty Acuitlapa
February 4, 2015

My heart and prayers go out to each and all. There is nothing in the world that can and will consoul except the love of Jesus. Prayers to all!!

Bonnie Solinsky
February 3, 2015

I am deeply saddened to hear of Phil's passing. I pray that her beautiful girls and loving family are graced with peace and strength. Blessings and love to you all.

Jim and Bev (Steele) Christy
February 3, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. My prayers go out to Alison, Emily, Anna, Phil's parents, sisters and the McWilliams family who also loved Phil. May God give you his Grace in the days ahead.

Cindi Bond
February 3, 2015

My heart is broken in so many pieces. Phil, was an amazing woman. She always had a smile on her face and was a genuinely good person. She never made anybody feel bad regardless of circumstances. Thank you, Phil, for your smile. May your family find peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

Toni Chambers
February 3, 2015

My heart and prayers will remain with all of you as I count my blessings of times spent with Phil while I taught at Sacred Heart, 1992-2000. With friendship and affection, Toni Chambers

Jeff & Laurie Dyson - Kyle, Kevin & Jennifer
February 3, 2015

We know you through Sacred Heart school from years back. We were so saddened and shocked to hear that Phil has passed. She was a wonderful person and teacher, and she will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I know Phil will be watching over all of you from heaven now, and will live on in your hearts and through all of the people her goodness has touched!

Ray Stuhn
February 3, 2015

My deepest condolences....I remember Phil from HS. I just looked at our HS yearbook and its just hard to believe. My prayers are out to her family and loved ones. v/r Ray Stuhn

Peggy Malto
February 2, 2015

It was my pleasure and joy to have known and worked with Phil for many years at Sacred Heart School. Phil worked so hard to make the kids in her class feel special and was a daily blessing to you, Caroline. I knew that Phil wouldn't stop until she achieved her goal of being the classroom teacher, and she achieved that goal! I just recently told her how proud I was that she achieved her dream! Phil is missed by so many friends, students, and co-workers, past and present. While our faith assures us she is in a better place, it doesn't lessen the sadness that we feel at this time. My heart breaks for Phil's family, and I pray that all of you will take comfort in knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people. May God Bless and give you strength to face the road that lies ahead.

Gay Lynn Ann Randall Westover
February 2, 2015

I met Phil in high school in Weisbaden, Germany. I had the opportunity to reunite with her again several years ago over a weekend with Caroline and a few other classmates. She still had the best smile and the warmest heart. I was so very blessed to have shared friendship with her. My prayers will always include safe journey for her soul and for her daughters and family. May memories of her and God's love bring you all comfort.

Krystyna Owings - childhood friend
February 2, 2015

I met Philomena around 1983/1984, when my family moved to Wiesbaden, Germany. Feeling lost in a new country, it was Phil, her sister Caroline and her parents, Nellie and Charlie who embraced me and made me feel like one of their family members. I have such fond memories of high school with Phil. She was a tough cookie, but always kind hearted and warm. I will forever remember her bright smile and wonderful spirit. I am deeply saddened that she is gone and hope that her family and especially her beautiful girls, take comfort in knowing that she was loved and adored by so many people.

Pat Dowd
February 2, 2015

Being with Phil at Sacred Heart School was a privilege. So very proud of her accomplishments, and her dedication to family. You will be missed terribly by so many. God bless and keep you. With sincere sympathy for all your family.

Loleta Sartin--Assistant Professor of Education
Middle Georgia State College
February 2, 2015

I am honored to say I had the opportunity to know Philomena. She was a wonderful person and student. My heart is saddened by her earthly departure, but I know to be absent from the flesh is to be present with the Lord. To her family, I pray you can find comfort in God's loving arms during this difficult time. She often talked about her love for her family. She was so proud of her daughters and was so appreciative of her parents' ongoing support. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Marsha Hall - Administrative Assistant
MGA - School of Education
February 2, 2015

Philomena was one of the shining stars in the Middle Georgia State College School of Education Fall 2015 Cohort. Her dedication to complete the program and receive her degree with obstacles of being a non-traditional student, with three children and holding down a full time job, was an inspiration to her fellow cohort members as well as the faculty and staff. Our heart felt sympathy to all of you during this time.