Ethel P. Phillips, 101, a resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center passed away because she said “102 is too old,” on Wednesday September 28, 2020.
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she was the widow of Merlin F. “Dutch” Phillips who died on May 10, 2019.
Born in Scranton she was the daughter of the late C.W. and Pauline Rauner Saar. A graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1936, prior to retirement she was employed as a receptionist for Dr. Walter Fordham and Serving Seniors.
Active in the community she was a previous member of the Century Club, Association of the Blind, auxiliary member of the Marine Corp., League, and a volunteer at Moses Taylor Hospital. A woman of strong faith she was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church and their Altar Guild.
Ethel’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for their years of kind and compassionate care to Ethel, and Merlin before her..
Also surviving are daughter, Kristin Chamberlain, Vermont; son, James C. Phillips and wife, Linda, California; granddaughter, Kira Chamberlain and husband, RJ, Austin; grandson, Adam Chamberlain and wife, Rachael; granddaughter, Lisa Price, California; great-granddaughters, Caitlyn and Emma Chamberlain; great-grandson, Cole Hein.
She was preceded in death by son-in-law Scott Chamberlain.
Interment services in the Pittston Avenue Cemetery were held privately at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers donations made in Ethel’s memory to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center 401 Penn Ave, Scranton, PA 18503.
Arrangements and on-site cremation are under the care and direction of the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton.