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Memorial Ring Collection

Roberto Molar Candanosa '13 April 3, 2014 2:24 PM

Photo caption: Stephanie Phillips’ mother placed Stephanie's Aggie Ring into The Association’s Memorial Ring Collection.

Family and friends of the late Stephanie Phillips ’05 of Houston gathered March 8 at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center to celebrate Phillips’ life and donate her Aggie Ring to The Association’s Memorial Ring Collection.

Phillips, who died in a car accident on Dec. 1, 2010, received a bachelor’s in health and master’s in health education from Texas A&M University. She also received a nursing degree from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. 

During the March 8 ceremony, family and friends of Phillips celebrated her passion for life and the health profession. Among those offering remarks were Phillips’ sister, Aubin Phillips Pickens ’01, and friends Magidah Kobty ’05 and Brian James ’05. 

As a student, Phillips enjoyed helping others. She often volunteered at local middle schools to help children follow their dreams. She also was a part of Texas A&M’s Emergency Care Team, and loved to work at Kyle Field during Aggie Game Days. 

Phillips was proud to wear her Aggie Ring every day, as it represented her beloved Texas A&M. “She most definitely used it as a form of identification,” Aubin remembered. “It proved she was a trustworthy hard worker.” Phillips was a selfless servant who cared for patients who needed it most. She loved her job as an ER nurse at Seton Medical Center in Austin.
Phillips’ family and friends remembered her loving personality and good sense of humor. “She enjoyed the world, she loved traveling and her laugh was contagious,” said Kobty, who also served in the Emergency Care Team with Phillips. Both former and current members of the Emergency Care Team also attended the ceremony. 

Phillips’ Ring was presented by Aubin and their mother, Martha. They also established an Endowed Scholarship in her honor that will help students in health-related fields who are also part of the Emergency Care Team and are working a part-time job. The first scholarship will be awarded in fall 2014. 

The Memorial Ring Collection is housed on the Neely Mezzanine at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center and includes Rings, dating from 1965 to 2012, donated by family members of deceased Aggies. It is one of four Aggie Ring collections on display in the Williams Alumni Center.

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