Louisiana woman turns 107 years old


JONESBORO, La. — A Louisiana woman recently celebrated her 107th birthday!

Ms. Emily Phillips, a native of the Ebenezer community, marked the occasion last Wednesday, August 14, at the Forest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jonesboro.

Continue reading to find out more about Ms. Phillips.

(Press Release) Jonesboro, La. – Aug. 19, 2019 – Forest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jonesboro recently celebrated the 107th birthday of Ms. Emily Phillips, a native of the Ebenezer community. Surrounded by her family, friends and facility staff, Phillips marked the momentous occasion on Wednesday, Aug. 14th with a vanilla birthday cake, fresh flowers and punch.

Born on Aug. 14, 1912 to Fannie Jones Barr, a housewife, and Hardy Barr, a local farmer, Phillips graduated from Dodson High School, where she enjoyed playing basketball. Phillips married the late Shelby Phillips and had four children, Joe Phillips, Beth Beach, Margaret Labit and the late Alwyn Phillips. Phillips was a homemaker throughout their childhood. Once her children completed high school, she received a business degree from Winnfield Trade School and began working as a housemother in the Louisiana Tech University athletic dorm Caruthers Hall, where she worked for ten years until her retirement.

As part of the Baptist Women’s Missionary Union, Phillips has always been a very active church member. Having participated in the church choir and the senior choir, she is currently the oldest member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. She also played handbells in the choir and served as a Sunday school teacher. In the Ebenezer community, she has been involved with the Order of the Eastern Star and the Jackson Parish Homemakers Club.

Her daughter, Beth, says that her mother has always been good-natured and kind, living by the motto, “if you can’t say nothing nice, then don’t say nothing at all.” With a mother who lived to be 99 and a brother who lived to be 97, Phillips has continued the family tradition of a long life filled with faith and love. Her ever-growing family currently consists of seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

“Ms. Phillips and her family bring a sense of love and community to Forest Haven,” said Sandra Billings, facility administrator. “We were honored to host her 107thbirthday party, it was the perfect celebration of the faith, kindness and spirit Ms. Phillips brings to everyone she encounters.”


About Forest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 

Located in Jonesboro, Forest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s qualified team of healthcare professionals are committed to providing person-centered quality care to each resident with the utmost dignity and respect. The Forest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center provides exceptional quality healthcare services for residents needing short-term care with rehabilitation therapy or long-term care in a nurturing, comfortable environment. To learn more about Forest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, visitwww.foresthavennursingandrehab.com.

About Louisiana Nursing Home Association
Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) is a nonprofit organization representing more than 250 nursing facilities and assisted living communities that care for approximately 25,000 elderly and disabled individuals each day. On behalf of its members, LNHA advocates for providing quality care and nurturing environments to Louisiana’s frail and elderly. To learn more about LNHA, visitwww.lnha.org.

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