Mimi Phillips

Mimi Mary Phillips, Hill Section of Scranton, passed away late Friday in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore after a long battle against cancer. She was the wife of Mark Phillips. The couple had been married for 27 years.

Born in Olyphant, she was the daughter of Lorraine Spolsky Tomaskevitch of Olyphant and the late John Tomaskevitch. She was a 1983 graduate of Bishop O’Hara High School, attended the Governor School for the Arts and Wilkes University and was a graduate of Marywood University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She had been employed as a graphic designer and art director. Up until her passing, she was a real estate professional helping with her family’s properties, operated an online store of home furnishings, and most importantly, was a mother. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Mimi loved gardening, wine, Victorian homes and Candy Crush Saga. She was a supporter of the arts, and a self-proclaimed fine conversationalist. She was also an active member of the Prescott Elementary PTA.

Also surviving are her two children, son Maximillian and daughter Mercedes, both at home; brothers Jerry and his wife Marie of Peckville and Gary of Dickson City; her mother-in-law Jeannette; nieces Elizabeth and Autumn; nephews Michael, Bryan, Richard and Parker Phillips, and Andrew Tomaskevitch. She was preceded in death by brother John “Jack” Tomaskevitch and sister-in-law Diane Tomaskevitch.

Mimi wanted to thank her friends Heather Kulick, Kate Cobley, Suzie McCabe, Lori Barrett and the rest of her friends who gave her strength and support during her illness.

All attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church, and are encouraged to wear bright colors in honor of Mimi’s life.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10am  in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave..

Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7 pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St.

Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be made to Act Out Theater Group, 408 Main Ave., Taylor, PA 18517, for scholarships in her honor for prospective performing artists.

For directions, to share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


  1. Kate Vennie

    My deepest sympathy, Mark and children, at this very sad loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Kate Vennie

  2. Mary O'Hara

    My Heart goes out to Mark, Max and Mercedes at the loss of your wife, mom. Mimi you were the strongest, bravest person I know, you were a wonderful wife and mom and I am honored to have known you in my life and call you my friend. You always brought warmth and sunshine everywhere you went and were one of those people that would enter a room and everyone knew the good times would begin. I thank God for the Privilege to have known you and will always cherish the times we spent together.

  3. Jill & Frank Koczwara

    Dear Mark & Family:
    Jill and I were to saddened to read about Mimi’s passing. We would like to extend to you and your family our deepest condolences. Mimi was a wonderful person in so many ways. She will be missed!
    I do hope you find comfort and love in family and friends during this difficult time. We just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jill & Frank Koczwara Greenwood, SC

  4. Williams Companies Inc.

    We are very sorry for your loss, working with you for the past year has been a pleasure, I know it was hard for you to stay out here and commute while enduring such hard times, Hang in there and be strong for your children and yourself, Tyler w. Penn

  5. James Mulvey

    Sincerest condolences to you and your family at this time of terrible loss.
    You have been a daily inspiration to us all in how you shouldered your immense burden without complaint.
    Rest in Peace

  6. Sabrina Walta

    I am very saddened by this News. I only knew Mimi for a short period of time, but after about a year of searching for a new place to live, I met Mimi. She decided to rent one of her apartments to me, which I love and am very happy here. That was only a month ago. Our time here on earth is only temporary. We are all here on a visit. To be absent from the body, is to be present with The Lord. My condolences to her family. May Our Lord Jesus Christ comfort them during this time. God bless…

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