Mary Aileen <I>Becker</I> Phillips

Mary Aileen Becker Phillips

Mississippi, USA
Death 9 Mar 1959 (aged 79)
Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 32994330 · View Source
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Aileen was the first of the twelve children born in the Becker family. She finished St. Francis School and was then sent to a finishing school in Virginia. She met and married a Virginian, John Jasper Phillips, the son of a physician who had come from England to live in Virginia. After their marriage, Aileen and Jap went to the James River in Virginia for their honeymoon. Their time there was extended because of the yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi. After returning to Brookhaven and raising a family, Aileen spent a great deal of time gardening, developing a lovely English garden which looked as if it had just grown-up naturally, truly a garden triumph. Her house was also a unique showplace, built with rocks from Peekskill, New York and random soft-colored bricks, with stained wood molding throughout–no paint. With an artistic temperament, Aileen was quiet and reserved, intelligent and kind and brightened her conversations with a delightful sense of humor. Many in the family sought her advice because they knew they would receive help and, also, it would remain private.

Aileen worked at Benoit's store for many years as clerk, window dresser and advisor. A tall, slender person, Aileen adopted slacks long before they became popular. She wore black and white exclusively, black in the winter and white in the summer.

(Material for this biography obtained from "The Becker Family" 1994 Becker Family Reunion, and contributed to this memorial courtesy of Bettie Hatcher Cox)

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  • Maintained by: Caroline Passmore
  • Originally Created by: FamilyResearcher
  • Added: 17 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32994330
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Aileen Becker Phillips (22 Apr 1879–9 Mar 1959), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32994330, citing Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery, Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Caroline Passmore (contributor 47201760) .