On Sunday, Feb. 16 Georgie Margene Parsons Phillips passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Blackfoot following a short battle with cancer.
She was born Dec. 8, 1932 to Albert and Mabel Bedwell Parsons. She was the fourth of eight children, their first daughter and was fondly known as Pickle. In 1950 she graduated from Aberdeen High School and married the love of her life Glenn A Phillips on July 15. They made their home in Arco where they raised five children — Glenda, Gary, Geraldene, GayLynn and GaLene. Margene never missed a drill team performance, track meet or other function the girls were in. She was the only mother who just loved to hear the drum solo Wipe Out.
Margene was a talented seamstress, sewing many prom dresses, wedding gowns, underwear, jeans, draperies, and a “Philly Kids Shirt” and quilt for each grandchild. She had a knack for making each grandchild feel as if they were her favorite. She loved to go camping with her family and friends. Sitting around the campfire listening to tall tales was one of her favorite pastimes. Margene was blessed to have her very own coffee club meet every morning where she enjoyed the companionship of her friends and family and together they solved the world’s problems right there in her living room.
Upon Glenn’s retirement they began their second adventure by opening Pickles Place restaurant. Margene, being the original Pickle, was well known for her delicious pies and cinnamon rolls. Later they sold the restaurant and enjoyed many winters in Arizona where they made numerous lifetime friends from all over the world.
She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn; son Gary; granddaughters Crissa Cottrell, Tazia Quiroz and Lisa England; brothers Donald, Stan, Junior, Gale and Sheldon; her parents Albert and Mabel Parsons and parents-in-law Ross and Karna Phillips.
Survivors include her daughters Glenda (Salvador) Rodriguez of Blackfoot, Geraldene (Doug) England of Arimo, GayLynn Quiroz of Idaho Falls and GaLene (Vaughn) Andersen of Inkom; sister Shannon (Dean) Bruderer, brother Rodney (Virginia) Parsons, lifetime best friend Dell Gilton Corgatelli, all of Arco; as well as 15 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 am on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Anderson Family Funeral home at 2555 North Highway 93. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson’s Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Lost River EMT’s.