Margaret Roberta Phillips
Margaret Roberta Phillips
  • May 18, 1923 - September 22, 2017
  • Winter Springs, Florida

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Margaret Roberta Phillips, of Winter Springs, passed away suddenly on September 22, 2017 in Olathe, Kansas. She was visiting her son in Kansas to escape the wrath of Hurricane Irma.

Margaret was born on May 18, 1923 in Burnside, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Pearl (Brown) Flickinger. She grew up on a farm in Webster County Iowa with four brothers during the Great Depression. When World War II came along, Margaret joined the US Navy and became a Pharmacist Mate (Hospital Corpsman) caring for wounded servicemen in Naval Hospitals at Chelsea, Massachusetts and Mare Island, California. While at Mare Island, she met and married John Phillips and they began a 67 year journey that included John’s 39 year Navy career with its many duty stations and separations, four children, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a legion of friends.

After retiring from the Navy, John and Margaret settled in Orlando where they were later joined by two of their children and their families. Being a part of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives was so important to her and that love was returned by all. John and Margaret were also active members of the Aloma United Methodist Church and the Bahia Shrine. The Shrine’s Roaring 20’s Club was a center of their social life and a vehicle for service to the community. Margaret loved to play cards and was still beating her son and granddaughters at Cribbage during her last visit to Kansas. She was a strong and great lady who will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Janie Grandinett, and three brothers. She is survived by her sons Ed (Ann) of Olathe, Kansas, Buz (Patti) of Winter Springs, daughter Betty (Steve) of Winter Springs, brother Elmer Flickinger (Terry) of Des Moines, Iowa,10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled Saturday, September 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Goldenrod Chapel: 7520 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792. The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 1 at the Aloma United Methodist Church, 3045 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792. Interment will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park 2300 Temple Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bahia Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, PO Box 608439, Orlando, FL 32860 or Kids Without Cancer P.O. Box 32783, Detroit, MI 48232-0783.