Obituary of Bertha Sylvenia Callan, "Mrs. Phillips Dies at 85", The Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 26 August 1974
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"Bertha Sylvenia Phillips, 85, former resident of Idaho Falls, died at the home of her daughter, at Hunter, Utah, Saturday evening from causes incident to age.
She was born June 18, 1889 at Dayton, the daughter of Stephen and Sara Marshall Callan. Her early schooling was at Dayton and she attended the academy at Preston.
She was married to Vernon Moroni Phillips, Oct. 9, 1907, at Dayton. The marriage was later solemnized at the Logan LDS Temple. The couple made their home at Dayton until 1927 when they moved to Ammon where her husband farmed for one year. They then moved to Osgood where they farmed for 12 years. They moved to Idaho Falls in 1939. Her husband died Jan. 5, 1964 at Idaho Falls.
Mrs. Phillips worked at the Idaho Potato Growers for several years. She was an active member of the LDS Church, serving at secretary for the Relief Society for 25 years and a visiting teacher for 50 years. She also served as a primary teacher and a ward organizer. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Mrs. Phillip's (sic) hobby was gardening.
She is survived by sons, Vernon Callan Phillips of Rupert and Paul C. Phillips of Exter, Calif.; daughters, Alta Stirrat of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. George (Gwen) Sheppard of Pocatello, Mrs. Afton Travis of Nampa, Mrs. Thelma Page of Idaho Falls, Mrs. LaVerl (Beth) Great of Osgood, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Pattee of American Falls, Mrs. Earl (OEnone) McLain of Shelley and Mrs. Ronald (Geraldine) Barker of Hunter, Utah; sisters, Mrs. May Jensen and Mrs. Ida Phillips, both of Dayton; 62 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Maud, and a son, Reid C. Phillips.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Ninth and 14th LDS Ward Chapel with Bishop W. Benson Allen officiating.
The family will meet friends Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wood Funeral Home and one hour prior to going to church for services.
Internment will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Wood Funeral Home."