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Advocate for Teen Moms Remembered

In Loving Memory

3/8/2016, 4:44 p.m.
Dr. Alberta Phillips helped teen mothers and opened an alternative school
Dr. Alberta Phillips

Dr. Alberta Phillips, a Portland woman dedicated to helping teen mothers and who opened an alternative school for youth slipping through the cracks of the public school system, has died.

Alberta Inez Phillips was born April 24, 1929 in Burleson, Texas to her parents, Alan and Georgia Phillips. Upon graduation from high school she relocated to Vanport with her mother. After the Vanport Flood they moved to Portland and joined Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church under pastor Dr. O.B. Williams. She joined Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in 1953 and has been a member for 62 years.

She was the Youth Choir Director at Morning Star and became the Youth President of the National Baptist Convention. She received an honorary Doctoral Degree from Multnomah School of the Bible.

She was employed at St. Vincent’s Hospital for 38 years working in the maternity ward as a surgical technician. Upon retiring, she had a great concern for the youth who were falling behind or dropping out of the public school system. She met with the Superintendent of Portland Public Schools to see about opening an alternative school for these particular children.

From this effort she founded and operated Christian Women Against Crime, an alternative school which operated for many years at Morning Star, and started Sister House, a home for unwed teen moms.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Georgia Phillips; father, Alan Phillips; daughter-in-laws, Frenesi Phillips and Teresa Phillips; and brother-in-law, Phillip Jarrett. She also leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Wayne (Edna), daughters, Brenda, and Karen, sons, George Anthony, Timothy and Windall. She also leaves 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren as well as a host of extended family and friends.