Betty B. Phillips | 1936 - 2013 | Obituary

Betty B. Phillips
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Betty B. Phillips

Born: August 10, 1936
Died: February 07, 2013

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Betty Phillips, 76, of Highmore, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown.

Funeral service were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the United Methodist Church, Highmore with Pastor Peggy Stempson officiating.  Burial will be in the Highmore Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2013 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

On August 10, 1936, Betty was born to Willie and Virginia (Walker) Bobbitt at Sandy Level, Virginia.  Betty grew up in Sandy Level, Virginia before moving to Danville Virginia, where she attended and graduated from Dan River High school in 1955.  On December 20, 1958, Betty was united in marriage to Dale Phillips in Emporia Virginia. They were blessed with two children, David Wayne and Patricia Dawn.


Dale and Betty traveled to many beautiful places while Dale was in the Service.  After his retirement from the Army in 1971, they move to Highmore, South Dakota where they lived on the family farm north of Highmore for many years.  They owned and operated an upholstery shop up until Dale’s death in 1976.  Betty then ran the Frosty Freeze with Virginia Kusser in which they eventually sold.  Betty then went to work for the Hyde County School District for 22 years until she retired in 2002.

Betty was an active and faithful member of the United Methodist Church, where she loved her bible study. She was involved with the boy scouts for 20 years.  She was also awarded the Bob Thingelstad Award for her service to the community.  Betty was a beloved lady in the community.  She will be missed by all and always had a kind smile and a comforting word for anyone whom needed it.  Betty loved going to Pierre with the girls!!  Betty was truly loved and will be missed by all.

Grateful to have shared in Betty’s life were her two children: David Wayne Phillips of Castlewood, SD and Patricia Dawn Miller (special friend, Scott) of St. Cloud, MN; seven grandchildren: Crystal Strawn of Monticello IA, Christopher Miller of Dallas TX, Alex Miller of St Cloud MN, Tyler Phillips of Watertown SD, Trenton Phillips of Castlewood SD, Christina Preble of  Castlewood SD and Nichol Bredvik of Watertown, SD; seven great grandchildren: Kylie Jo, Gage, Gavin, Alexis Lee, Elizabeth Kay, Tanner Lee and Emma Jo; brother, Jimmy Bobbitt of Florida; sister, Peggy Newby of Chatham, Virginia; aunt, Audrey Bliss of Granville, Virginia; and childhood friend, Betty Alderson of Granville, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Phillips; parents, Willie and Virginia Bobbitt, father-in-law, Lowell Philips and mother-in-law, Mildred Phillips.

Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Betty’s arrangements. 

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