Phillis Diane Braxton was born June 29, 1962 in Houston, Texas to Curtis Braxton, Sr. and Vera Lee Bates Braxton. She was the middle child of twelve siblings; five sisters and six brothers.
Phillis was reared in a Christian home, baptized at an early age and served and worshipped at several Houston area churches with her parents and siblings. She was educated in the Houston Independent School District from elementary to high school where she participated in various school activities and UIL sports.
Phillis was an exceptional athlete who excelled in Track and Field. As a member of the Wheatley Wildcats Girls Track Team her outstanding Track and Shot Put record gained her recognition throughout HISD. In May 1982, she graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School.
After completing high school, she attended Houston Community College and Massey Business School. Here she pursued her childhood dream of becoming a professional
nurse. Although a busy full-time college student, she worked for Houston ISD Transportation Services to financially support herself and help others when possible.
In 1986, she welcomed the blessing of motherhood with her firstborn child Brandon Demond Grant and was blessed again with her secondborn Jessica Devon White in 1988. Phillis was a very devoted mother that worked hard to ensure her children were loved and well cared for.
From their young beginning, Phillis helped Brandon and Jessica understand the importance of having personal goals and creating dreams. She made sure they had fun childhood experiences that encouraged their self confidence to always try before giving up. She believed in them and emphasized learning and being good students. She was determined that they become successful productive people.
Wanting a new adventure, in 1990, Phillis relocated her family to Smithville, TX. She quickly adapted to the easy-going, country lifestyle and the friendliness of the people. She made many new and lifetime friendships. Still focused on her passion of caring for others, she worked employment in the local nursing home facilities.
By 1994 and ready to expand opportunities, she moved to the state capitol of Austin, Tx. During this time Phillis became laser focused on finishing her nursing degree and enrolled in the Austin Community College Nursing Program. Over the next years, she successfully managed as student, mother and provider for her children.
On August 01, 2002, Phillis achieved her career goal of earning an advanced educational degree; she successfully obtained an Associate Degree of Nursing. She became a board certified Licensed Vocational Nurse registered to work throughout the state of Texas. Her experience was in caring for geriatric and pediatric patients. She took exceptional care of her case assignments to the point that many of them considered her a new family member. Over the last 20 years, she worked for major healthcare providers Epic Healthcare, Girling, Inc., and Aveanna. Most recently she worked for Maxim Healthcare as a private duty and traveling nurse. Despite years of personal health challenges, she never let it keep her away from taking care of her clients. Her outstanding work ethic and dedicated care of patients was so appreciated by the families she served.
Phillis had an outgoing personality which allowed her to connect with people from all walks of life. She made many friends and connections through online computer
interactions. FaceBook became her favorite social media platform. She loved posting pictures of family life with her granddaughter Ava who she lovingly referred to as " my sweet baby girl”. She was equally proud to share pictures of her grandsons Legend and Knowledge growing into awesome young men. Her timeline is filled with daily messages of praise and gratitude to God for all the blessings in her life. Throughout her day, she posted Bible scriptures and beautiful messages about the Word.
Unquestionably, her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grand babies. Activities like watching crime-solving shows with Jessica, playing dress-up with Ava, and watching Brandon cook with "The Boys" Legend and Knowledge their favorite dishes were very treasured moments in her life. She liked spontaneous moments of walks around the lake, playing scratch off lottery games, going to the race tracks and family outings around Austin. She loved getting an occasional visit with her sister Cynthia and brother Kevin of Houston, TX. As a woman of sincere faith in God, she truly enjoyed attending worship services at Greater Love Baptist Church with her good friend, Mary Watkins.
Always fiercely determined and a fighter for a better life, Phillis courageously battled Multiple Myeloma Cancer for the past six years. She didn’t let the obstacles of cancer
prevent her from doing ANYTHING! She had unshakeable faith in GOD and continued to live life to the fullest!
Living every day as fully as she knew how, Phillis Diane Braxton departed this life on January 4, 2023, from sudden heart failure at Ascension hospital. She was surrounded
by her daughter Jessica, family and friend Krystal Aleman.
She is preceded in death by her parents Curtis and Vera Braxton, brother Curtis Braxton Jr., and beloved son Brandon Grant.
She leaves to cherish her memory her loving, devoted daughter Jessica Devon White, her bonus daughter Tashiana Nelson; grandchildren: Knowledge Demond Grant, Legend Breon Grant and Ava Zinovia Petitt; Sisters: Gracie Hamilton, Pauline Denson, Brenda Crumley, JoAnn Bryant and Cynthia Derouen; Brothers: Kevin Braxton, Albert Braxton, Stanley Braxton, Kenneth Braxton, Darrell Braxton, Kevin Braxton and many more loving relatives and friends.