Marion Larson PHILLIPS (1918 - 2018)

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PHILLIPS, Marion Larson

In loving memory of Marion Phillips, who passed away June 30, 2018, at the age of 99 years. She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 16, 1918, and grew up in Odebolt, Iowa, where she graduated from high school in 1936. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, she taught in the Iowa City schools. She and Dr. Robert Phillips met in Iowa City, where he was a Stanford University Medical School resident in surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals, and they were married at St. John's Cathedral Chapel in Spokane on May 17, 1942.
During World War II, Dr. Phillips was a Major in the Army Air Force and served as a flight surgeon in the South Pacific, and Mrs. Phillips taught in the Spokane public schools. After Dr. Phillips returned from Guadalcanal, he attended the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas, where their two daughters were born. The family lived in Palo Alto, California, for three years, where their son was born. In 1952, the family moved to Spokane, which was the hometown of Dr. Phillips, where he established a psychiatric medical practice.
Mrs. Phillips had been a member of the American Medical Association Auxiliary and served as president of both the Spokane auxiliary and the Washington State auxiliary. Marion was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 81 years and was a member of Chapter CL in Spokane. She was also a member of the Hutton Settlement Board of Trustees for 32 years and continued to be an honorary member.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, and is survived by her daughter, Joan Phillips, and her spouse, Ric Jones; their sons, Brady and Ryan; Ryan's wife, Lisa; and their daughter, Ani. Also, Marion is survived by her daughter, Connie McCrery, and her spouse, Mac McCrery, and her son, Demetri Malevitsis, and his fiancée, Chelsea Smith. In addition, Marion is survived by her son, Robert Phillips; his daughter, Faith; and her son, Samuel.
The passing of Marion brings sadness and the reality that an inevitable chapter has ended for our family. However, those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there is a memory, they live in our hearts.
At Marion's request, there will not be a public service, but there will be a private family gathering on what would have been her 100th birthday. Her family would appreciate that memorial donations be made in the name of Marion Phillips to the Hutton Settlement Children's Home, 9907 East Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, WA 99206, and that online notes to Marion's family be posted at


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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 8 to July 11, 2018
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