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Laura M. Phillips

Laura M. Phillips


Laura M. Phillips "Grama,", 97, was born Dec. 26, 1911, in Alma, Kan., the last of seven children to Adolf and Paulina (Thoes) Maas. Laura attented Alma schools and graduated from Alma High School. She married Roy A. Phillips, an Army band leader stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan., on August 28, 1929, and they enjoyed 52 years together through good times and bad. They lived in Kansas, Missouri, Washington, and California, before finally retiring in Medford, Ore., in 1966. They had four children: Beverly, Robert, Roy M., and Sydney. Roy and Laura celebrated 50 years together in 1979 with all the family present.

There was a bet she'd make it to be 100, like her sisters, but that was not to be. "Grama" loved her family, music, sewing, cooking, gardening and decorating her home. She volunteered for more than 35 years at the "Dom" in White City, 13 years as Deputy Rep. in the V.F.W. Aux. Office there. She loved all the Veterans there, they held a special place in her heart. Laura made a 24' x 15' flag for the theater at the "dom" at home in three months in 1991, on her sewing machine in a 12' by 21' room, smaller then the flag! She also flew a flag every day at home. Over the years, she has sewn hundreds of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Uniforms for sisters all over the state, and up until a week ago, she had been crocheting thousands of pairs of slippers for residents at nursing homes and the Veterans. She used to dress as Mrs. Claus at Christmas and hand out slippers in the nursing homes. Our family celebration was always after the slippers were done on Christmas Day. She loved being State Muscian for 20 years, retiring only a few years ago. In 2004, she was honored as "Volunteer of the Year". She didn't do things to be recognized but because that was the right thing to do. Many will recognize her as the "Buddy Poppy Lady" at Food — Less, for she was always there to sell poppies for the Veterans every Veterans Day. She sold the most in the state for many years. She is an "American Classic", one of a kind, and irreplaceable in all our lives.

Laura is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; and all her siblings, Richard, Paul, Clarence, Milton, Frieda Senne and Florence Simon.

She is survived by son, Roy M., of Jay, Okla.; daughter, Sydney Foat, of Shady Cove, Ore.; grandaughter, Laurie Rand, of White City, Ore.; grandson, Roy D. Phillips, of White City; eight other grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren and many friends. There will be viewing Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 3pm-6pm, at Conger-Morris, 715 West Main St., Medford. Services will be on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 10am in the Chapel at the "Dom" Southern Oregon Rehabilition Center, Hwy 62 in White City. Memorial Contributions may be made to Providence Hospice in her name.

Laura M. Phillips