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Marjorie Phillips

d. May 21, 2007

Des Moines - Marjorie Ann Isaacs Phillips, 83, of Des Moines, IA formerly of Mason City, died Monday, May 21, 2007 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 P.M. Friday (May 25, 2007) at First United Methodist Church, 119 South Georgia Ave. with the Rev. Jo Frahm-Watkins officiating. Interment will be held in the Van Meter Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa on Saturday (May 26, 2007). Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday (May 24, 2007) at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Marj was born August 28, 1923 in Thompson, IA to Sumner E. and Ruby (Vickerman) Isaacs. She graduated from Thompson High School in 1941 and from Capital City Commercial College, Des Moines, IA in 1942. She was employed as a stenographer in the Detroit field office of the FBI from 1942-45. She later worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in Des Moines, IA, International Harvester, Mason City, and finished her career as Executive Secretary at Lehigh Portland Cement, for 22 years until retiring in 1985. She and Ken met in the college band where they both played the coronet. She was united in marriage to Lt. Kenneth L. Phillips on June 23, 1945. Marj was an accomplished pianist, composer and music lover. She sang in the First United Methodist Church Choir for forty years. She was a sixty year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron of Unity Chapter 58 and later as Grand Electa in 1968. Marj is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ken of Des Moines, son Rex Phillips of Des Moines, and daughter Gay (Ron) Russell of Adel; two grandsons and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Dorothy Houg and her brother, John Ellsworth.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue on May 24, 2007 (map/driving directions) 8:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue on May 22, 2007 (map/driving directions)

2:30 PM at 119 South Georgia on May 25, 2007 (map/driving directions)

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