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Elizabeth Elliott “Betty” Phillips

Elizabeth Elliott “Betty” Phillips died at her home on Argilla Road, Ipswich, on August 25, 2008, after a brief illness. 

She was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1922 and was the daughter of the naturalist writer, Herbert Ravenel Sass and Marion Hutson Sass. Mrs. Phillips grew up in the city and amidst the great tidal wetlands near Charleston, where as a girl she displayed considerable skill at hand-netting shrimp.  

She met her husband, Arthur Phillips, in South Carolina; they were married in 1943 in Seattle, where her husband was stationed as a pilot in the Naval Air Corps. They moved to Massachusetts in 1946, first to Cambridge and then to Ipswich. 

Mrs. Phillips was a lifelong bird watcher and enjoyed watching the herons and egrets at her home overlooking Rantoul Pond. She was also an avid conservationist and gardener and a very devoted mother and grandmother. Throughout life, she lost neither her strong connection to South Carolina nor her heartwarming Southern charm. She will be remembered for her gentle and kind spirit.  

She leaves two daughters, Marion Phillips of Hopkinton and Elizabeth Hatch, of Ipswich; a son, John Phillips of Boston; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Marion H. Sass of Charleston, S.C.

 Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, 328 East Bay Street, Post Office Box 1765, Charleston, SC 29402, or The Trustees of Reservations,                                572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915-1530

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