Laura (Lurette) Grant Phillips was born June 1, 1927 in Savannah, GA to Alexander and Elizabeth Grant. She was the seventh of eight children.
Laura attended the public schools of Chatham County, Savannah Georgia
Laura came to Boston, following her older sister Dottie and worked at Raytheon. She was one of the first women of color to have a supervisory role at her job.
She attended Wentworth College and received various certifications for electronics.
Laura attended People’s Baptist Church. Laura met Darnley Phillips Sr. and they married in 1951 at People’s Baptist Church. She was surrounded by her sister Dotty, friends Pearl, Laurie and her maid of Honor Emma, with a host of friends and family. The wedding was officiated by Rev. Richard M. Owens. Out of the union she had Darnley R. Phillips Jr. and Tracey Phillips-Williams.
Laura enjoyed going on family trips with her sister Dottie to Cape Cod she loved flowers and always had few plants in the home. She loved all types of music-Jazz, Blues, Calypso and Gospel to name a few. Music was a staple in her home.
At home Laura was known for her fried chicken, fried bologna sandwiches and another favorite was her version of shrimp and grits. She also enjoyed a good bowl of maple walnut ice cream.
Anyone that knows Laura knows that she rose up early in the morning, read her bible on the bed, enjoyed a good cup of her own strongly brewed coffee, daily read of the Boston Herald, completed Jumble puzzles that were in the newspaper, and loved to eat lobster and shrimp. She was a lover of all sports, football, boxing, cricket, bowling, hockey, basketball, tennis, dog sledding the list goes on . She watched the home teams, but had a special love for baseball. She could go toe to toe with you on any sport or sports event including college teams as well. Laura’s favorite television shows included Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, Jeopardy, and the Wheel of Fortune.
In 1970 during her time at Raytheon she was diagnosed with Lupus, which sidelined her for a minute. She was admitted into Peter Bent Brigham Hospital were she met her angel Dr. Harold Solomon. For the first few years it was touch and go for her survival, her sisters Dotty and Betty and friends were always there for her. Dr. Solomon’s continued medical support, love, encouragement, giving and help coupled with the prayers from the saints at Emmanuel Temple Pentecostal Church and beyond. This recipe helped her to survive over 47 years with the disease. She was a fighter.
Laura repositioned herself and went into the daycare profession in the Roxbury area. She eventually began to watch children from her home. Laura watched her grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends’ children and the list goes on to over 15 kids.
In describing Laura Grant Phillips the words that come to mind are dignified, quiet confidence, strong, willing, humble, giving in her own way, kind, loving, genuinely nice, easy to talk to, thoughtful, and a woman’s woman.
Laura Lurette, Miss. Grant, Mrs. Phillips, Nana, Bama, Aunty, Sweetie Bee, Ma, Mommy, Aunty Laura, that pretty lady will be truly missed.
She is preceded in death by her seven brothers and sisters: Alexander Speed, Benjamin Grant, Anthony Grant and Alexander Grant Jr., Luvenia Williams, Dorothy Berkley, Betty King and her close friend Charlie Crumpady.
She will be missed by her loving family, Children: Darnley (Michelle) Phillips of Boston, MA, Tracey (Michael) Williams of Worcester, MA ; Grandchildren: Malikkah Phillips of Boston, MA, Audra Phillips of Boston, MA, Albert M.C. Weeks of Worcester, MA, and Mikayla Williams of Worcester, MA ; Great Grandchildren: Charles (Ciara) W. Phillips of Atlanta GA, Ashley S. Phillips of Boston, MA, Shayla N. Phillips Of Boston, MA, Asim L. Powell of Boston, MA, Shaquia Phillips of Boston, MA, Dayquia Phillips of Boston, MA, Xavier Whitsey of Boston, MA, Adrian Phillips of Boston, MA, Brian Witsey of Boston, MA, Ahmad L. Powell of Boston, MA, and Mulan Jean-Phillips of Boston, MA
Great-Great Grandchildren: Kelani S. Hunter, Aniyah E. Powell, and Asiah L. Powell, her extended Morale Family and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
There will be a Wake on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM follow by Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Temple Pentecostal Church, 471 Warren St., Dorchester MA.
Interment: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Roslindale, MA
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home