In Loving Memory of

Marcia Hankoff Philips


Marcia Hankoff Philips, passed away peacefully at home on September 10. Born in Pittsburg, PA on May 4, 1933, Marcia grew up in Miami Beach and graduated from Miami Beach High in 1951. She attended Syracuse University where she met her lifelong love, Stanley Philips. Upon her graduation in 1955, she and Stanley married, and they moved to Germany where he was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. They returned to Miami and raised three children. Marcia worked for many years at the Miami-Dade Community College South Campus bookstore. When she and Stan retired, they moved to Gainesville. They were married for 54 years. Marcia kept busy during retirement by volunteering at the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, kayaking, birdwatching, and playing mahjong. Marcia is survived by her son Michael Philips, his wife Loreta and their son Ryan, daughter Nanci Schwartz, son-in-law Marc and granddaughter Acadia, as well as many loving friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley and son, Bruce Philips. The family is indebted to the compassionate staff at The Village at Gainesville and Haven Hospice for their loving care of Marcia. The family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate her life. They ask that donations be made in her memory to the CBS Butterfly Endowment F023729 at the Florida Museum of Natural History or The Village Foundation Associate Scholarship Fund. They also encourage you to enjoy a delicious piece of chocolate, her favorite treat. 

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  1. Judy Varady at · Reply

    I really enjoyed my talks with Marsha and all the stores she shared about her husband and son. She spoke a lot about her granddaughter. We also shared books. She even came with me to see a play once. She was always happy to see me when I came on duty. Oh, and she loved watching the birds from her window and would keep the staff in line because she knew how many and what meds she was to get. Always there for her and I could always get her to chuckle too. I came to visit her after I retired but she wasn’t so sure who I was but we still had a good visit.

  2. Jimmy at · Reply

    As long as I can remember I always loved Marsha. She and I were very close your mom was older than I but we would tease each other throughout the years. Marcia was my aunt and I loved her smile her personality and everything else about her I remember coming up to Gainesville to see her and to go watch her lovely butterflies. I will always miss her and lover her.

  3. Judy Breslow at · Reply

    Loved Marcia she will always hold a special place in our hearts.
    Love Mike and Judy and family

  4. Judy Breslow at · Reply

    Loved Marcia she will always hold a special place in our hearts.
    Love Mike Judy and family

  5. Lee MacPherson at · Reply

    My heart is heavy to hear of my dear old friend’s passing.

    Met and worked with Marcia in the 70s at Miami Dade community College bookstore and continued a family friendship for all these many years.

    Our family sends our deepest condolences to all of you.

    With loving thoughts & years of memories,
    RIP, dear friend

    Lee MacPherson

  6. Steven J Brawer at · Reply

    I have so many great memories of going and visiting Marcia and Stanley as a kid, She was always smiling and happy and kind. Micheal and Nanci may she rest peacefully, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Bless those who took such good care of her.

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