She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and was a member of the Springfield Church of God from a young age.
She was a loving mother to her four daughters, son-in-law and two granddaughters, and a dedicated wife who served and loved her husband daily. She delighted in serving those in need both on the mission field in Ukraine and in the foster system of Chattanooga. She attended Mission Chattanooga Church and volunteered weekly at Silverdale Prison, where she led a Bible study. Over her lifetime, she was instrumental in leading many to Christ. She had a deep understanding of God’s unconditional love. She was the true essence of being the hands and feet of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Marie Lane.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, James L. Golden of Hixson; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Matthew Wright of Chicago, Ill.; daughters: Stephanie and Katherine Golden, both of Chattanooga; daughter, Laura Golden of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Glenda Lane of Savannah, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law: Sonia and Terry Griffey of Cleveland and Cindy and Russell Sesler of Brentwood; and two granddaughters who called her “Nana”: Madelyn and Abigail Wright.
Flowers are appreciated and memorial donations can be made to The Next Door, a facility where Phyllis volunteered, designed to equip inmates for life after release.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 tonight at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, in East Ridge
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church and the burial will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com.