Helen Jane Phillips was born November 27, 1922 to Dewey and Doris Bridenbaugh in Miller, SD. She was raised on a farm twenty miles south of Miller and moved to Mitchell in 1941 to attend business school. On March 13, 1946 she married Lawrence Phillips of Letcher. In 1946 they started farming on a farmstead 10 miles north and 1 mile east of Mitchell. They farmed at that location for thirty-four years and retired to a home in Letcher. In 1986 Helen and Larry moved to Mitchell and to Countryside Living in 2003. Helen then moved to Firesteel Health Care Center in 2014.
Helen and Larry were avid travelers and took many family vacations and completed their goal of visiting all fifty states during retirement. While in Mitchell Helen was an active member at the First United Methodist Church. She also participated in the hand bell choir and Sweet Adeline’s and did knitting and crocheting for charity.
She is survived by her son, Mark (Sue) Phillips of Goose Creek, SC; daughter, Jennifer (Denton) Chance of Letcher, daughter, Joyce (Doug) Olson of Mitchell; six grandchildren, Aaron Phillips, Amy Gresham, Tyler Ehlers, Lynda Stephenson, Joe Olson and Jill Olson; three great grandchildren; brother, Dale (Chare) Bridenbaugh of Aptos, CA and sister, Mary Jo (Dick) Moen of Richland, WA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence in 2007; son-in-law, Gary Ehlers in 2003; grandson, David Olson in 2006 and her sister, Barbara Obert in 2014.