Margaret R. Phillips, 95, died Monday evening at the Samaritan Medical Center Emergency Room. A resident of the Lodge at Ives Hill, she had formerly lived at Angels Inn for two years. Calling hours will be held Friday, August 31 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. A prayer service will be held Saturday, September 1 at 10:00 am at Cummings Funeral Serivice followed by the funeral Mass at 11:00 at Holy Family Church with Father Steven Murray, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her name to Immaculate Heart Central High School, 1316 Ives Street or to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York, 5005 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse, New York 13057.
Margaret was born May 18, 1917 in Indian River, New York the daughter of John and Rose Hammond Roch. She graduated from Beaver Falls High School and Potsdam State College. She married Patrick Phillips on December 31, 1942 at St. Stephens Church in Croghan with Reverend Eugene Seraphins officiating. Mr. Phillips died November 11, 1987.
Margaret was a school teacher for many years working at the Wilna School and later at Starbuck and Wiley Schools in Watertown. A communicant of Holy Family Church, a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association and the New York State Democratic Association. She was fond of country living, flowers and wildlife. She is survived by her sister Leana Kelly of Chaumont and numerous nieces, nehphews and cousins. She is predeceased by five brothers, Leslie, Elmer, Vincent, Tony and George Roch and her four sisters, Mary Smith, Agnes Feisthmal, Veronica Terrillion and Catherine Bonner.