Obituary for Rachel Phillips Tweed

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January 13, 1923 – March 5, 2020

Rachel Phillips Tweed, 97, of Mint Hill, went home to be with the Lord on March 5th, 2020 while living at The Heritage at Lowman, White Rock, SC. She was born on January 13th, 1923 in Union County to the late Ernest Dewitt and Irene Foard Phillips.



Rachel graduated from Bain High School and worked at Eldridge Handkerchief Factory for many years. After raising her three daughters, she worked in the cafeteria at McClintock Middle School in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System until she retired. She always took great pride in her work.

She was a lifelong member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and faithfully attended circle meetings. Rachel was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of Earp-Williams VFW Post 4059 in Mint Hill.

While serving her community, she was known for her homemade pound cakes, her caring visits to family and friends, and for sending compassionate cards to express her concern for those who may be ill or hurting. Caregiving for nieces and nephews of whom she dearly loved, was a part of her life that will always be remembered by those she cared for. She always put other people first. She loved little children, had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh.

Rachel’s pride and joy were her three daughters. She was a devoted Christian mother who always had them in church. She demonstrated the love of Jesus by her compassion not only to her daughters but to everyone she met. This love was magnified when she was blessed with seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Rachel moved to The Lowman Home in 2006. Her love for flowers led her to plant and care for her salmon-colored geraniums on the porch of the Haltiwanger Assisted Living Building. They were “her babies.” She also enjoyed Friday night Bingo, all singing and music activities, and the Gaithers TV show every Saturday night. She could not resist a Rush’s chocolate milkshake, a cup of chocolate ice cream, or a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Her love for people and concern for others’ happiness radiated among the residents, staff, and visitors at the Lowman Home. She uplifted their spirits with her beautiful flowers, her singing, playing chopsticks on the piano, caring smile, and kind words.

In addition to her parents, Rachel was predeceased by her siblings Eloise McIntyre, Yates Phillips, Jeanette Driggers, and Thelma Campbell. She is survived by her children Elaine Middlebrooks of Aiken, SC, Marie Deal (Mike) of Raleigh, NC, and Doris Warren (Jeff) of Irmo, SC; grandchildren Ken Middlebrooks (Kim), Dawn Middlebrooks, Allison Jobes (Andy), Brandon Deal (Noel), Jason Warren (Abbie), Matt Warren (Meagan), and Michelle Warren; great-grandchildren Kenny, Keaton, Garrett, Madelyn, David, Hunter, Caroline, and Maddie. She is survived by sisters Frances Kiser (Bob) and Gladys Suggs (Bob) and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, Wednesday, the 11th of March, 2020 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227. A Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 PM. Interment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

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