Margaret L. Phillips

January 2, 2012

HARRISVILLE, N.Y.   —  Margaret L. Phillips, 91, formerly of Harris Courts, died Monday morning, Jan. 2, at Country Manor Nursing Home, Carthage, where she had resided since July.

Born Jan. 3, 1920, in the town of Pitcairn, the daughter of Harry and Ruth Myers LaCross, she was educated in town of Pitcairn schools. 

She married William F. Phillips on May 9, 1936, at the Methodist Parsonage in Gouverneur. William died in May 1984. 

She was a homemaker.

Mr. Phillips was known as the “Tomato Lady”  on the CB radio. 

She enjoyed playing bingo, flower gardening and knitting and crocheting. She was a member of the Oswegatchie Birthday Club. She also enjoyed spending time with family.

Surviving are five sons and their wives, James and Susan, Fine, Gerald and Debra, Gouverneur, John and Beverly, Philadelphia, Donald and Shirley and Lawrence and Carol, Harrisville; a sister, Irene Manchester, Harrisville; a son-in-law, Nelson Bush, Star Lake; 23 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, 26 great great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a son William H., two daughters and a son-in-law, Ann Bush, and Arlene and Charles Ellis, two grandchildren, Charles Ellis and James E. Phillips Jr.  and three siblings, Casper, Glenn and Frances Silvernell.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Adirondack Funeral Home, Harrisville, with her grandson in law Rev. Reggie Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the East Pitcairn Cemetery. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the funeral home.

Memorial donation may be made to the Harrisville Fire Department  or the Harrisville Rescue Squad. 

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Information provided by Adirondack Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.