Jerolyn Ross Oswald Phillips

Jerolyn Ross Oswald Phillips, 81, of Milton-Freewater, Oregon died March 7, 2017, surrounded by her husband and family. She was born on April 28, 1936 to Jona and Mildred (McVey) Ross in Stockham. Two years later, her brother, Gary, was born. During WWII the family moved to San Francisco, California, where Jona served in the military. Jerolyn shared many fond memories of this time in her life. A birth of a second daughter, Linda, completed their family. The family finally settled in Aurora. Jerolyn met Richard Oswald in Aurora. They were married on November 11, 1953 and moved to Rich’s family farm. Two daughters, Peggy Lynn and Laurel Kay, and a son, Robert Alan came along during the first three years of their marriage. Ten years later, the family moved to Utah, first to Kaysville for a year, then to Bountiful. Jerolyn loved the beauty of the mountains in Utah, and hiking in them was a favorite pastime. Richard and Jerolyn took many trips to the Southwest United States where they collected Native American jewelry, Kachina dolls, sand paintings, and rugs.
Jerolyn started taking piano lessons at an early age, and her talent quickly became apparent to the family and all who listened to her. She won many awards at various contests. She also took clarinet lessons, holding the position of first chair in the school bands. Jerolyn shared her love of music with others by teaching piano lessons most of her adult life, as well as playing the piano and organ for the churches and clubs she belonged to. Church members especially enjoyed her piano solos played at Easter and Christmas.
Jerolyn met the tragic deaths of her daughter, Peggy, in 1978, and her husband, Richard, in 1991 with dignity and courage, following which she moved to Milton-Freewater, Oregon to be close to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. She resumed playing the piano and organ for church, as well as accompanying the choir at Christ the King Lutheran Church where she remained a member until her death.
Jerolyn met Woodbury (Bud) Phillips shortly after moving to Milton-Freewater. They were married at Christ the King Lutheran Church on September 4, 1999, and immediately moved to Wallowa, Oregon.
The couple took a honeymoon trip to New England in 2000 to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Jerolyn was also able to meet Bud’s family there. After three years, they moved back to Milton-Freewater, where they enjoyed many happy years together.
Jerolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Oswald, daughter, Peggy Lynn Neal, son-inlaw, Terry E. Hackney, grandson Steven Hackney, her parents, Jona and Mildred Ross, and her brother-in-law Gary L. Happy.
She is survived by her husband, Bud Phillips, brother, Gary Ross, and sister, Linda Ross-Happy, daughter, Laurel Hackney, son, Robert Oswald, grandchildren, Andrea (Oswald) Walter, Tyler Oswald, Christopher Oswald, Phillip Hackney, and Alan Hackney, as well as five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Milton-Freewater on March 19, 2018, at 4 p.m. Her body was interred at the Bountiful Cemetery in Bountiful, Utah next to her husband, Richard, and daughter, Peggy, in view of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. Memorial contributions may be made to Feed the Children, 333 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 or Christ the King Lutheran Church in Milton-Freewater.

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