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Bloomington Herald-Times
July 11, 2004

Funeral for 96-year-old a tribute to a queen

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96-year-old Frances Phillips was the longest-serving member of Area 10's Council on Aging. After retiring from RCA in 1969, she worked with her brother Altus on the family farm. Both Frances and Altus were born and died on the farm. She never married or had children. She was named Older Hoosier of the Year in 1987, and was twice selected as Owen County Senior Queen. She was descended from the first black family to settle in Owen County. Her grandfather, Peter Phillips, was a freed slave who bought 50 acres near Carp in the 1880s.