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Mrs. Mary Ann Miller Phillips, widow of Wm. Phillips, and daughter of Jacob Miller, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lou Metzger, Lanark, Ill., Feb. 4th, 1913, aged 82 years, 7 months, 27 days.

Mrs. Phillips was born in Hagerstown, Md., June 7th, 1830, and was united in marriage, to Wm. Phillips, Sept. 12, 1850. This pair were blessed of God with thirteen children; eight of whom survive them. They are: Jos. M., of Missoula, Mont.; Geo. W. of Harvard, Neb.; Chas. B. of Chicago; Jacob A., of Freeport; the daughters are Mrs. Emma Newcomer and Mrs. Lou Metzger, of Lanark; Mrs Alice S. Lamp, of Hastings, Neb.; and Mrs. Rosa Herrmann, of Freeport. She also had 31 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Her brothers, Jonathon and Jacob Miller, reside in Lanark, and her surviving sisters, are Mrs. Maggie K. Emmert, of Des Moines, Ia., and Mrs. Kate Willis, of Dixen.

Mrs Phillips was converted early in life and has been a faithful member of the Church of God, till death. She was born of a strong christian parentage. Her father in his life time was a faithful support of the Church of God at this place. Mrs. Phillips has been an invalid for more than thirty years but through all her suffering she has been kind and patient. Her chief joy was reading her Bible and the beloved church paper which was to her, her minister. It was my privilege to be with her many times during her last sickness and at all times she expressed a firm trust in Jesus. She was contin-ually praying for the church and for God's blessing upon her family. The death of such a friend is a loss to the home and church and one that can only be replaced by the children who loved these Godly parents, dedicating themselves to God and following the beautiful example so thoroughly wrought out before them.

Services were held in the Church of God bethel Thursday, Feb 6, 1913, at two o'clock, conducted by her pastor and assisted by Eld. P. F. Eckerle of the Church of the Brethren. Interment in Lanark cemetery.

J. W. Primrose, Pastor