She was born in Brazil, Sept. 11, 1918, to Charles O. and Clara A. (Boes) Hadley. Margaret graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1937. She married Charles W. Phillips Dec. 24, 1938.
Margaret spent several years raising her four children. After they were grown, she began working, first at Adamson's Laundry, and then at Finley's Grocery Store. Margaret retired from Mallory's in Greencastle in the late 1980s.
Following the passing of her husband in 1991, at the age of 72, she received her driver's license. In her free time, she enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching sports, television game shows and her cat Angel. She was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles Phillips, son Charles Phillips Jr., as well as four brothers and three sisters, daughters-in-law Linda Phillips and Celesta Phillips, and son-in-law Wayne Hayes.
Survivors include daughters Sandra Hayes, Staunton, and Marilyn Wood and husband "Sonny," Greencastle, sons Melvin Phillips and wife BJ, Brazil, and Alan Phillips, Knightsville, grandchildren Randy Wood (Lisa), Kim Morrison, Melina Phillips, Heather Wells (Scott), and Shawn Phillips, great-grandchildren Dustin Wood, Kaileigh Morrison, and Brett Morrison, as well as many extended family members.
Services for Mrs. Phillips will be at French Funeral Home, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Myron James officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Harmony United Methodist Church, 10195 N. Vine St., Harmony, Ind., 47835.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.