Armella Agnes Phillips

1923 - 2024

FLY CREEK - Armella Agnes Phillips (Aimee), age 100, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, April 15, 2024.  

Born into a loving Midwest family on September 19, 1923, she was the 8th child of Henry and Mathilda Mescher and grew up in Dyersville, Iowa with her 13 siblings.  She made front page news when she was the first young lady from her area to join the US Women’s Army Corp in 1944.  While serving she met Hubert “Bud” Phillips, a dashing air force gunner, they were married in 1947 and had a wonderful loving marriage for 54 years.  She was an outstanding mother to her 9 children giving them the love, care and support they needed while giving them enough freedom to grow and explore. She was an excellent seamstress doing alterations for Clark’s Men’s Store and The Paula Shop, and she also enjoyed working at the Otesaga Hotel front desk for 27 years.  Her passing has left a great void, but she will be remembered with love from her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her two remaining brothers, her sister-in-law, Joan Clark, and countless nieces and nephews.  

She is survived by her 9 children: Sue Holmes (Bert) of Cooperstown,  Michael Phillips (Margie) of Milwaukee, Wisc., Brian Philips (Beth) of Mt. Vision, Peggy Stote (Jeff) of Oswestry, England, Craig Phillips (Cheryl) of Herkimer, Terry Eng (Matt) of Wasilla, Alaska, Kathy Graham (Sean) of Cherry Valley, Jeff Phillips (Barbara) of Cooperstown, and Laurie Tilley (Jeff) of Mt. Vision; 23 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband Bud in 2001 and an infant daughter, Julie Ann, in 1967.

A Mass will be held to celebrate Armella’s life at St Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown on Saturday, May 4th at 11a.m.  Burial will be held at later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Helios Care, 297 River St. Unit 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.