Margie Elsie (Davis) Phipps, age 92, of Longville, Minn., passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Golden Valley Senior Care Center, in Golden Valley, Minn. A memorial service will be held in Longville in early summer, and another service in Truman, Minn., a short time later.
She was born at home on a farm near Lewisville, to George and Cora (Scribner) Davis. She attended a one-room school near their farm through eighth grade. On May 14, 1939, she married Fred Phipps, in St. James, Minn. She and Fred moved north to the Twin Cities and then to Longville with their children Betty and Wayne. She did babysitting for teacher's children, helped Fred with janitorial services at the school and clerked at the Longville grocery store. In 1960 she started working for the U.S. Postal Service in Longville and was promoted to Postmaster in 1977, where she remained until she retired in 1982. She was a member of the Longville Community Church where she was a deaconess for several years and sang in the choir for over 50 years. She was instrumental in organizing a Sunday school, where she taught and served as superintendent. Being a wonderful cook, she made pies, cakes, and bread for bake sales and church suppers. Using an old treadle sewing machine she sewed many a winter day for church bazaars. She canned and froze vegetables and fruits and canned jams and jellies along with planting and weeding the garden. Her love was flowers; she planted numerous beds around the yard. At age 91 she was still picking raspberries and gathering sticks and pine cones after the wind blew them down. In later years she made dozens of quilts on a new electric sewing machine, but she dug out the old treadle when the new electric machine needed repairs.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Les) Ploen, of Hudson, Wisc., son, Wayne (Joann) of Longville; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their children who will all miss "Aunt Margie." She is also survived by "adopted daughter," Millie (Curt) Grand, of Longville and Kona, Hawaii; and numerous longtime Longville friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred (1997); and infant daughter, Judith (1943); granddaughter, Kathy (Ploen) Lee (2010); and 11 brothers and sisters.