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1501 W. Lexington Ave.
Independence, MO 64052
Phone: 816-252-7900
Pierson Phillips

Pierson Dean Phillips

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Monday, January 21st, 2019
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Pierson Dean Phillips, 14 of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away at home on January 21, 2019 surrounded by his parents, Travis and Hilaire Phillips. A visitation will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6-9pm at Nativity of Mary, 10021 E 36th Terr S, Independence, MO 64052. Mass will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11am at the church. Pierson was born December 2, 2004 in Kansas City, MO. He was a student at Nativity of Mary and was planning on attending Rockhurst High School in the fall. Pierson was brave, courageous, strong, kind, loving, and giving. He was not ashamed of his disease and he spoke openly about his battle with mental illness and his mission to change the story for himself and others. At age 9 he was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and eventually became a Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association which made it possible for him to travel to Washington D.C. to speak with members of congress concerning issues that were important to him. He associated with many groups in the Kansas City area and beyond who helped him get his message out, including: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Speak Up, Just Like You Films, Inc., Comprehensive Mental Health Services, The Independence Police Department and School district, Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation, and Fox 4. In his 14 years, he did more to raise awareness surrounding youth and mental health than many do in their entire lives. His legacy will not be forgotten. His life was meaningful, his spirit and message will live on. It is important to continue his work and encourage our youth to speak up on these important matters. His family is asking that contributions be made in Pierson’s honor to facilitate a scholarship in his name for those who work to educate others and help raise awareness on mental illness and suicide.
Pierson is survived by his parents, Travis and Hilaire Phillips, his grandmother Carolyn Wheeler of Topeka, KS, his grandfather Jim Wheeler and Nancy Kraft of Sheldon, WI, his grandparents Larry and Sharon Phillips of Olathe, KS and his loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Donations can be made at Community America in the name of Pierson Phillips.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Nativity of Mary Catholic Church
  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Nativity of Mary Catholic Church


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Darlene Tierney

Posted at 03:09pm
Pierson is everywhere and inspiring us to love more deeply. He will never be forgotten.
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Preceptor Alpha Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Posted at 02:48pm
We send our condolences and know that your cherished memories will comfort you and live always in your hearts. With heartfelt sympathy.
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C. Elliott

Posted at 09:14am
To Pierson’s family,
My heart truly breaks for you for your tragic loss, please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences. I know words could never dissolve the deep pain of losing someone you love, especially when such a precious life has been taken so prematurely, but I wanted to share a hope with you that really brought me through my toughest times with my own loss. There is a beautiful promise that will take place here on earth in the future recorded at John 5:28,29. I hope that you too find the comfort you need to continue to endure through this difficult time.

Amy Chandler

Posted at 03:41pm
In honor of Pierson Phillips from the class of 1993 Princeton, MO.
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Eric, Shaunte, Pam, Isaiah & Jonah Metzdorf

Posted at 11:22am
May this tree grow and hold the memory of our dear Pierson for many years to come.
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