Mildred Beryl Philp

Mildred Beryl Philp, of Jacksonville, was received by her Father in heaven on Sept. 8, 2008, following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Grantsville, W. Va., to William J. Ayers and Verta B. (Edman) Ayers. In 1942, Beryl moved to Washington, D.C. to aid in the war effort. There she met the love of her life, George B. Philp, and they were married on April 10, 1945, in Charleston, W. Va. Together they raised three children in the U.S., Asia and Europe, finally settling in Oceanside, Calif., upon George's military retirement. After retiring from Bank of America, Beryl began a new career working with the Carlsbad California Parks and Recreation Department. Upon retiring from the City of Carlsbad, Beryl moved to Medford, Ore., where she served as a volunteer with the Jackson County Mental Health Library and became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an organizing member of the Oceanview Southern Baptist Church in Oceanside, Calif., and later a member of the Lozier Lane Baptist Church in Medford, Ore. Beryl was active as a choir member and soloist as well as a Sunday School teacher and Director. Although many of her activities were curtailed as result of the onset of macular degeneration, Beryl continued to be a devoted and active member of her church.

Beryl's loving and caring home and heart provided sanctuary to her children and grandchildren. Her optimism, sense of humor, and boundless belief in the human spirit served as an inspiration to her family and friends. Beryl is survived by her children, Jean Hacker (John), of Orange County, Calif., Bill Philp (Kathie), of Jacksonville, Ore., and Joan Laurie Philp, of Medford, Ore. Beryl is also survived by her five grandchildren; a whole bunch of great-grandchildren; and her loving sister, Lillian Dodd, of Charleston, W. Va. Beryl's younger brother, Bill Ayers, passed earlier this year. Beryl's husband, George B., passed away in Oceanside, Calif., on May 26, 1974.

Services will be held at the Lozier Lane Baptist Church in Medford on Sept. 26, 2008, at 10 a.m. with a graveside burial for friends and family members at the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Ore. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Beryl's name to the Lion's Club.