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Ida Phillips

Ida Phillips, 89, formerly of Conrad and Great Falls, died of natural causes on March 22 in Seattle, Wash.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1923 in Streeter, N.D. to George and Mathilda (Wagner) Klundt.  She later moved to Montana and when she was a young woman, during World War II, she moved to Poulsbo, Wash., and worked at the Bremerton Naval Shipyards.  After the war, she returned to Montana where she met and wed Robert (Bob) Phillips, initially residing in Cut Bank and then moving to Conrad where they raised their two sons.  Bob and Ida spent many happy years together in Conrad taking the kids camping, boating and fishing.  And it was in Conrad where Ida developed a fondness for rock gardening.  During the 1970s, she was the proud owner of Valentine’s Style Shop.  After Bob preceded her in death, Ida moved on to the next phase of her life, living in Great Falls where she made many new friends and created a new rock garden on the sunny side of her house.

Ida was a quiet, independent woman who played a mean game of Yahtzee.  She loved tending her flowers and birdfeeders and she hated thunder and lightning. And please don’t call her when Wheel of Fortune is on. 

Ida is survived by two sons, Gary (Sheila Dezarn) and Rick (Beth Cogswell).  Also surviving her are four grandchildren by Rick and Beth: Yancy, Gavin, Sam and Finn; one “grandcat” Murray by Gary and Sheila; numerous sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews.

We miss her very much and think of her often.