Bayfield resident Sybilee Lena Louise Phillips died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at her home. She was 97.
Mrs. Phillips was born to Fred and Clara Hippe on Dec. 2, 1914, in Wheatland, Wyo. She was one of eight children. She had no electricity or running water for all of her growing-up years and many years after she married.
In 1939, she married Louis Phillips in Union, Ore. In the early years of their marriage, she washed clothes on a washboard and ironed them by heating an iron on the woodburning stove. They had a crank telephone in the late 1940s and early 1950s and got their first TV in 1963.
The Phillips family moved to Bayfield in 1965. While Mrs. Phillips loved being a housewife and mother, her family said, later in life, she was a cook at the Bayfield School, the only school in Bayfield at the time, for more than 10 years.
She was a long-standing member of Pine River Valley Baptist Church and active in the Pine River Senior Center, including participating in the exercise class right up to the end of her life.
“She was a mean card player, especially pinochle,” her family said. “You definitely wanted to be her partner, not her opponent. Her contagious smile and positive attitude made many people happy.”
Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Louis Phillips, in May 1982; daughter Arleta Phillips; and grandson Brent Stellman.
She is survived by her daughters Chloe Wiebe of Bayfield and Janice Quimby of Smithville, W.Va.; son, Dallas Phillips, of Bayfield; sister Martha Heneghen of Yakima, Wash.; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.
Cremation will occur. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at the Church of Christ, 2011 U.S. Highway 160B in Bayfield. Burial of ashes will take place at a later date at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield.
After the service, friends and family will share memories and have lunch at the Pine River Senior Center, 111 W. South St. Those who plan to join the group for lunch are asked to call the Senior Center at 884-5415 by 9 a.m. Friday to reserve a place. The cost is $4 per person for those 60 and over and $7 per person for those younger than 60. Those who wish to come and share memories but not eat or just eat dessert also are welcome.