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Eleanor Eileen Wagner Phillips

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Phillips Eleanor Eileen Wagner Phillips, died June 9, 2017, at Bluebird Retirement Community in London, Ohio. Eleanor was born July 3, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio, to Chester William Wagner and Delia Adele Meeks Wagner. She grew up on the Hilltop and graduated from West High School in 1940. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Gerald Phillips, whom she married in 1945, her son John Robert Phillips, sister and brother-in-law Luana and Richard Estell and very dear friends Nancy Geyer Chute and Lois W. McFadden. Eleanor is survived by daughter, Julianne and her partner, Emmett L. Tate; grandson, Joseph I. Phillips and his wife, Anne, and daughter, Cadence; grandson, Benjamin J. Phillips; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Eleanor moved to London in 1947 and, together with her husband Bob, became actively involved in the community. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church for seventy years. serving in various leadership positions and demonstrating her love of the church and her talents for needlework in the many liturgical banners she made to decorate the sanctuary. She was a Girl Scout, Bluebird, and Camp Fire Girls leader in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. She was a member of the former East High Street Club, and was currently a member of Coover Society, Happy Hour Needle Club, Twentieth Century Club, National Society Daughters Of American Colonists and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She worked for many years at the Madison Press. She designed the flag of the City of London and played a vital role in the establishment of the Madison County Historical Society Museum. Until recently she volunteered at the museum, demonstrating rug hooking and weaving. Scores of people in this area are recipients of Eleanor's handmade quilts. The family extends sincere gratitude to the staff and residents of Bluebird Retirement Community for their care, courtesy, and friendship. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 15 from 1-3 p.m. in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church, London; the funeral will follow at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. Memorial contributions to London Federation of Women;'s Clubs, PO Box 216, London, Oh 43140 and Madison County Historical Society, PO Box 124, London, Oh 43140--two of Eleanor's favorite organizations--will be appreciated. RADER-LYNCH & DODDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 124 E. High St., London has been entrusted with these arrangements.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 13, 2017
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