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Obituary: Edith Hartman Phillips

Edith Hartman Phillips died peacefully in the hospital on Jan. 20, 2015 in Flagstaff, Arizona at the age of 75. Her five year battle with cancer was fought with grace and strength and inspired those around her to never give up.

Edie is survived by her husband, Fred Phillips and sister, Ruth Truxal in addition to two brothers' in-law, two sisters' in-law, one niece, four nephews, seven great-nephews, and three great-nieces. She is preceded in death by her mother Eva Hartman and father Albert Hartman.

Edie was born on January 16, 1940 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to Albert and Eva Hartman. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 with a degree in conservation. In addition to her degree she also met the love of her life and her husband, Fred Phillips in Ann Arbor. They married on June 17, 1961 and set off on a long journey together.

After college they eventually settled in Williams, Arizona and shortly after Edie began her long and distinguished career with the U.S. Forest Service. As a personnel specialist, she spent more than 30 years, receiving many awards and commendations, working for the Forest Service. After retiring in 2000, Edie remained active in conservation efforts and was always willing to lend her expertise in times of need.

Edie was an avid birdwatcher, bowler, collector and volunteer, but most of all she was a people person. Working with countless organizations in her community as well as supporting many charities, she was always on call to volunteer. Her work at the Community United Methodist Church in Williams was ongoing as well as service on boards and advisory committees of several other groups. One would be hard pressed to find a group in need in the Williams area who did not know Edie.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2015 at the Community United Methodist Church in Williams. Pastor Billy Martin will officiate the ceremony and all are welcome to attend and celebrate Edie's life. The family would like to thank all those who provided care and support to Edie during her battle with cancer and would encourage all those who knew her to continue to fight for your dreams as she did. While Edie loved flowers, she loved helping others more. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, for Ovarian Cancer, on her behalf.

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