Laura M. Phillips

Laura M. Phillips "Grama." 97, was born Dec. 26, 1911, in Alma, Kansas, the last of seven children to Adolf and Paulina (Thoes) Maas.  She graduated from Alma High School. She married Roy A. Phillips, an Army band leader stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, on Aug. 28, 1929. They enjoyed 52 years together through good times and bad. After living in many states, they retired in Medford in 1966.

There was a bet she would live to be 100, like her sisters, but that
was not to be. "Grama" loved her family, music, sewing, cooking,
gardening and decorating her home.
   
She volunteered for more
than 36 years at the V.A. Dom in White City. Thirteen of those years
were spent as Deputy Rep in the VFW Auxiliary at the Domiciliary. She
loved all the veterans. She made a 24 ft. x 15 ft. flag for theater
building over three months in 1991 in her home on her sewing machine.
This was done in a 12 ft. by 21 ft. room, smaller than the flag.
   
Over
the years she sewed hundreds of VFW Ladies Auxiliary uniforms for
sisters all over Oregon and until a week ago, she had been crocheting
thousands of pairs of slippers for nursing homes and veterans.
   
She
used to dress as Mrs. Claus at Christmas and hand out slippers in
nursing homes.. The family celebration was always after the slippers
were done being handed out. She loved being the State Musician for 20
years, retiring only a few years ago. In 2004, she was honored as
"Volunteer of the Year." She didn’t do things to be recognized, but
because that was the right thing to do. Many will remember her as the
"Buddy Poppy Lady" at Food 4 Less.  She is an "American Classic," one
of a kind and irreplaceable in the lives of family.
   
She was
preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy and all her
siblings, Richard, Paul, Clarence, Milton, Frieda Senne and Florence
Simon.
   
She is survived by son, Roy M., of Jay, Okla; a
daughter Sydney Foat, of Shady Cove; 10 grandchildren nine
great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
   
The
service for "Grama" was held June 17, 2009 at the Chapel at the "Dom",
Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center, in White City. Memorial
contributions may be made to Providence Hospice in her name.
 

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