Betty Aaron Phillips, Leavenworth, a retired employee of Fort Leavenworth and store owner, died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at home.
Betty Aaron Phillips, Leavenworth, a retired employee of Fort Leavenworth and store owner, died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at home. She was 97 years old.
Visitation will be held on Friday June 16, 2017 at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m., Rosary will be at 6 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday June 17, 2017 at Immaculate Conception at 10 a.m. The service will be officiated by Fr David McEvoy, O.Carm. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Betty Lou Aaron was born March 23, 1920 to Mark A. Aaron Jr. and Ethel Dawes Aaron in Leavenworth. She attended Kickapoo School, St. Mary’s Academy and St. Mary’s College until the outbreak of World War II. She went to work in the Quartermasters Office at Ft. Leavenworth in 1941. Betty and Bernard R. Phillips Jr. were married in 1951 at Sacred Heart Church of Kickapoo. She continued working at the Fort, as a contracting officer until 1973 when she retired. After a short respite, Betty and Bernard opened Phillips’ Hardwood Lumber Store in 1990. Betty and Bernard located, secured and began work on the Parker Carousel restoration founding the Museum Association. Betty was the first President of Leavenworth Historical Museum Association. The couple began the restoration at their store and marketing the museum to the city leaders. Betty loved genealogy, politics and history. She served as the first woman President of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Leavenworth Chapter, former Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served on a variety of boards including the Ft. Leavenworth Credit Union (Frontier CU), Sacred Heart Church of Kickapoo and Mt. Calvary Cemetery. She participated in the Altar Society and choir at St. Joseph’s Church. She was a member of the Auxiliaries for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 661, Order of the Eagles Aerie 55, and Sunflower Chapter VFW, and a lifetime member of VFW Post 56 Auxiliary.
Betty is survived by her son, Bernard R. (Nancy) Phillips III, her daughter, Jane Phillips (Robert) Brough and four grandsons, Bernard R. Phillips IV, Brent Phillips, Barrett Phillips and Bryant Brough. She has three great grandchildren, Tyler, Brenden, and Quinn Phillips. Betty is survived by her brother, Bill Aaron Sr. and was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard, her brother, Mark Aaron Jr., and her sister, Dolores Vossmer and is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Church of Kickapoo at 747 Osage St. Leavenworth.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden-Larkin Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Condolences may be sent to www.beldenlarkin.com