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Former Stafford School Board member dies

A former Stafford County School Board member hailed as an advocate for teachers has died.

Doreen Phillips died Friday, Aug. 15, due to complications from hepatitis. She was 50.

Phillips, originally Doreen Messer, was born and raised in Maryland. She moved to Stafford County in 2000.

Phillips served as Hartwood District representative from 2006 until her resignation in 2012. She had most recently been working as a contractor in Quantico.

During her tenure on the School Board, Phillips worked as an advocate for teachers and championed the opening of a sixth high school in the county and conversion of the current Stafford Senior High School into a career and technical education center.

A 10 a.m. service for Phillips will be held Thursday at Zion United Methodist Church in Spotsylvania. In lieu of donations, Phillips’ family has requested donations in her name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a charity she favored.

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