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Martha Ann (Williams) Phillips

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Martha Ann (Williams) Phillips, 102, of 43 Jackson St., North Adams, died Sunday, July 17, 2005, at the Sweetbrook Health Care Center, 1561 Cold Spring Road, following a month of failing health.

She was born in Bennington, Vt., on March 16, 1903, a daughter of the late Charles F. Williams and Mabel (Huse) Williams Lyons. She began her education in a one-room schoolhouse in Pownal, Vt., and competed her education in the Williamstown public schools.

She began her working career waiting on tables in a boarding house in Williamstown and later she was employed at the Williams College infirmary. During World War II she aided the war effort by working at the former Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams until 1946, when she devoted her life to homemaking for her husband and siblings.

She had attended the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown since 1918 and became a member in 1930. She was the oldest member of the church and a longtime member of the Methodist Women. She enjoyed working with young children all of her life and volunteered at the church nursery church during Sunday services.

Her husband, Francis Monroe Phillips, whom she married January 3, 1925, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, died Oct. 18, 1965.

Survivors include a sister, Isabelle M. Lyons of North Adams, whom she raised from early childhood and who resided with her, and two brothers, Edward E. Williams of Pittsfield and Arthur R. Lyons of Staten Island, N. Y.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers, David E. Lyons and Robert E. Lyons, both of whom she raised, and Alfred H. Williams Sr., Charles Williams, Clarence Williams; and a sister, Clara M. Chadwell.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown, with the Rev. Dr. Pat MacHugh, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for the VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 19, 2005
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