Anna J. Phillips, 100, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2011, at the home she shared outside of Ashland, Ore., with her daughter and son-in-law, Bev and Fred Krasner. Anna was born on April 9, 1910, on the south side of Chicago, Ill., to an immigrant Hungarian family. Their lives weren't easy, but were filled with the music of her parents, George and Anna Hernbrott, who sang and played the accordion and many other instruments.
Anna grew up dancing to her folks' music and then to the big band sounds of the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman bands at the famous Trianon dance hall, in South Chicago. At one of these dances she met her future husband, a young undertaker, Roland B. Phillips. He picked her up in his hearse to dance the night away at the many speakeasies of that era. Eventually, Roland became employed by Donut Corporation of America, which transferred the young couple to Philadelphia, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut. They retired to Denver in 1971, and then came to the Rogue Valley in 1977, to be near their daughter and grandchildren, Ben and Andee Krasner.
After 71 years of marriage, Roland died. Anna lived eight more years with her family in Ashland, Ore. She was feisty and fun; she still loved music; she loved to tell stories, cooking, and spending time with her expanding family.
Anna is survived by two children, Bob Phillips, of Dartmouth, Mass., and Bev Krasner, of Ashland, Ore.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Ashland Hospice for all their generous and thoughtful assistance, especially Brenda, for her intuitive and loving care, and James, whose beautiful harp music pleased and soothed us all. As she wished, there will be no services for Anna. Arrangements are by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, OR. www.litwillersimonsen.com