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HILLGER, PHYLLIS MARTHA June 6, 1928 to Dec. 22, 2012 Phyllis Martha Hillger passed away peacefully Saturday, 22 December 2012 in the home she shared with her sister Maxine Cowett in El Cajon, CA. Phyllis was born in Parkston, SD to Florian and Anna Mayer. She left the family farm to work as a switchboard operator for AT & T in Minneapolis, MN and later moved to Long Beach, CA with her sister Maxine. She met her husband Harold while he was in the US Navy in Long Beach, CA. They married and bought a home in the Nestor area of San Diego. Phyllis was a homemaker since 1958 and opened her home to a number of foster children. She enjoyed visiting with friends and was always very lucky when playing bingo, pull tabs at the St. Charles church bazaar or winning a friendly sport bet. She loved a bargain at the stores and was generous in sharing the items she bought with others. Phyllis is survived by daughters Nancy Hillger and Kelly Otting, son Gene (Christine) Hillger, grandchildren Ryan, Katie, Lauren, great-grandchild, Kylee, sisters Maxine, Betty Burmiester, Luverne, MN, Ruby Nordmann, Lennox, SD, Eileen Miller, Souix Falls, SD, and brothers Frank Mayer of Yuma, AZ and Richard Mayer of Truman, MN.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 13, 2013
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