Avery Marie Phillips, lovingly referred to as “Jelly Bean”, gained her Angel Wings on Monday, May 18, 2020 snuggled in her mother’s arms. She was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 10:01 PM in Charlotte, NC.
The first nine hours of Avery’s life were spent with her mother and grandmother until the morning, when it was noticed she was having difficulty breathing. She was immediately rushed to the NICU. At two days old she was transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital, where she went through countless tests and procedures, including a surgical lung biopsy, to determine a diagnosis. At four weeks and three days old, she was finally diagnosed with an un-curable genetic disorder affecting her ability to breathe.
Although Avery was here for only a short five weeks and a day, she showed so much strength and let her personality shine through to everyone that met her. From the moment she was born, everyone knew she was a very special baby. When Avery would look at you, you couldn’t look away. She communicated through her eyes, passing along an almost calming energy. But when she was not happy she gave some of the meanest looks, good thing looks can’t kill!
Avery connected with, and won the hearts of all the nurses and doctors that cared for her during her time in the hospital. Everyone that interacted with her, even if they were checking on her for only a moment, were caught by her stare. No one ever left her bedside without commenting on how beautiful she was.
Avery was loved by so many, especially her family. She will always be remembered for the strength she showed during her time here on Earth, and she will be forever missed by her survivors. Her mother, Aubrey Louise Phillips; grandmother, Angela Marie Shedd and grandfather Eric David Bristley; grandmother, Teresa Burkett-Phillips and grandfather Harold Lee Phillips; aunt, Brenna Kathryn Bristley; aunt, Peyton Rayne Bristley; aunt, Abigail Lauren Phillips; aunt, Sydney Grace Phillips; uncle, Asa Gregory Bristley; and a host of great-grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at Palmetto Funeral Home. 2049 Carolina Pl Dr, Fort Mill, SC 29708. A live stream of the service may be viewed at Palmetto Funeral Group Facebook page www.facebook.com/palmettofuneralgroup.
Service attendance will not be limited, however, due to COVID-19, there will be no reception allowed at the funeral home following the service and we are requesting that all children under the age of five years old not be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Madelyn’s Fund. https://madelynsfund.org
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