Denise Diane Phipps

Denise Diane Phipps, 59, of Richmond, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Liberty Hospital, Liberty.

Denise was born on Feb. 1, 1957, in Kansas City, Kan., to Jules Samuel and Norma Jean (Unger) Desselle. She married Darrell S. Phipps, of Richmond, Feb. 7, 2003; he survives of the home.

Additional survivors include: three sons and one daughter-in-law, Samuel and Bobbie Olson, of Independence, Darrell S. Phipps II, of Richmond and Derek Phipps, of Richmond; one daughter, Donna M. Kesterson, of Richmond; one step-daughter, Denise Segundo, of Maysville; and two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Michael and Chris Desselle, of Richmond and Samuel and Kathy Desselle, of Lathrop.

In addition to her parents, Denise was preceded in death by one sister, Debbie Desselle.

Denise was an LPN for several years. She worked for Royal Care Center and Villages in Excelsior Springs. She received her LPN degree from Lex-La-Ray Technical Center in Lexington. Denise also received her associate degree in math and science from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington. Later she received her bachelor degree in business administration from Anthem College. She was of the Christian faith. Denise lived in Richmond most of her life. She was a beloved grandmother and aunt.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home. Burial is in Woodland Cemetery in Richmond. Online condolences may be left on at

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