Virginia "Ginny" Mae Marron Phillips|
May 24, 1921 ~ July 1, 2013
Virginia "Ginny" Mae Marron Phillips, 92, passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and the love of her life, Edward, to whom she was married 69 ½ years. Born on May 24, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Peter E. and Anna J. Marron, Ginny married Edward Charles Phillips on January 4, 1944. "He walked in the room and the minute I saw him, that was it for me," Ginny said.
Ginny's life was long and well-lived. An active Catholic, Ginny sang with the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir and was a member of the Catholic Women's League and the St. Vincent de Paul Altar Society. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church until she and Ed moved to Oregon in 2008, where they joined St. Edward's, then St. Cyril's Catholic Church in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Ginny retired as Director of Outreach Programs from Westminster College in 1986. She loved making a difference in the lives of her students.
Rich in love and blessed with many lifelong friends, Ginny greatly enjoyed a more than 60-year run with her Bridge Club. She also delighted in bowling, golf, and poker games with neighborhood and cabin friends. Among her greatest pleasures were the weekends she and Ed spent at the cabin with their family and the upper Weber River gang.
Ginny and Ed spent many happy years as members of the Utah Nature Study Society. They attended many nature creeps and camp outs, often including their children and grandchildren in these adventures.
A generous and giving person, Ginny was an avid volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup kitchen for 16 years and also volunteered with the Special Olympics, Traveler's Aid and Meals on Wheels programs.
Ginny loved to sing and entertained her children and grandchildren with her endlessly spirited Irish songs and melodies. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Edward, and her children, Joe (Helen); Dan (Nancy); Mary (David); Tom (Brenda); and Carole (Bob). Also by 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one living sister, Lynn Geiger.
Ginny's family is deeply thankful for the loving care and support received from the staff at Spring Ridge Court and Legacy Hospice in Wilsonville.
In lieu of flowers, please send tributes and contributions in Ginny's name to St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen at 437 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
A Holy Rosary will be held Wednesday evening, July 10 from 7-9 pm at Cornwell Colonial Chapel, 29222 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 11, at 11 am at St. Cyril's Catholic Church, 9205 SW 5th Street, Wilsonville. Internment at 1:30 pm at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.
Rest in peace sweet wife, mom, grandma and great-grams, until we meet again. Know that you'll always be loved and will never be forgotten.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 7, 2013