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Mamie A Phillips

September 27, 1924 — December 11, 2012

Mamie A. Phillips, 88, of Brownsmead, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Astoria.
She was born Sept. 27, 1924 in Quincy, near Clatskanie, to Edward Ollila and Sandra Norkoali, both from Finland.
In 1944, she married Donald Beckwith. They had two children and later divorced. She married Donald Phillips in 1966. Both husbands preceded her in death.
Mrs. Phillips worked in the canneries of Astoria, (Bumblebee). She was one of the first group of women to train Alaska natives in the Aletak canneries on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Along with her husband and the Phillip brothers (Floyd and Gerald), she started and ran Westside Fish Co. near Rainier. They bought and sold fresh, smoked and canned Columbia River salmon, sturgeon, smelt, shad and caviar locally and shipped Christmas packs anywhere and everywhere.
She and Don Phillips were avid antique car club members and traveled America in their mobile home, in between the Columbia River fishing seasons.
She is survived by a sister, Esther Johnson; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ollila; a daughter and son-in-law Donna and Paul Buckman; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Lorelie Beckwith; five grandchildren, Sandra and her husband, Brian Emrick, Terri and her husband, Bob Killion, and Dawnya and her husband, Dave Lucas, and Ray and Robert Beckwith; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Einard and Rubin Ollila; and one sister, Elfie Cannucci.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary, 576 12th St., Astoria.
The funeral will be held at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. There will be a gathering at the Assembly of God Church in Knappa following the service to celebrate Mamie Phillips life.
She will be interred at the Longview Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Longview, Wash., with Donald Phillips privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in her name at the website donate.americanheart.org
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