April 10, 2018

LAMAR- A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home for Abby Leigh Phipps, 27, Lamar, who died Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Daniel Funeral Home, to help with funeral expenses.

Condolences may be shared at

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Connie and Doug Meister, of the home; her sister, Heather Duncan and husband Dennis, Lamar; three nieces, Britni Eaves and husband Brandon, Bayli Duncan and Bryli Duncan; nephew, Brantly Duncan; great-niece, Paityn Eaves; great-nephew, J.B. Eaves; grandfather, Bob Houston, Golden City; uncles and aunts, Patti Brooks, Lamar, Barbie Gardner and husband Stanton, Golden City, Scott Houston, Greenfield, David Houston and wife Amy, Carthage, Doug Houston, Springfield, Allen Phipps and wife Carolyn, Kansas City and Brenda Rhodes and husband Bob, Lee’s Summit; two stepbrothers, C.J. Meister and wife Tori and Lance Meister and wife Miranda; stepsister, Karle Meister, numerous cousins and countless friends.

In addition to her sister, Julie, Abby was preceded in death by her father, Jerry; grandparents, Leroy and Reba Phipps and Louise Houston and great-grandmother, Velma Spain.

Ms. Phipps was born May 8, 1990, in Joplin, to Jerry and Connie (Houston) Phipps. She was a bright, happy, loving, five-year old tomboy when an automobile accident on July 1, 1995 took her sister Julie’s life and left Abby and her father disabled. Throughout her life, people were drawn in by Abby’s magnetic smile and infectious giggle and inspired by her determination and indomitable spirit. A great day for her would include shopping, movies, music and time spent with her nephews and nieces. She loved the color purple and collected monkeys. She enjoyed the fellowship of her Oakton United Methodist Church family.