ASTORIA - Betty Lynn (Gosnell) Phillips, age 84, peacefully passed away after a stroke at Columbia Hospital in Astoria on June 29, 2007. She was born on Oct. 15, 1922 in Republican City, Neb., to Harvey Orange Gosnell and Vera Meyers Young Gosnell. Her identical twin sister, Billie Ann died four days after birth. She was baptized on Nov. 23, 1924.

In her early childhood her family moved to Warrenton and finally on to Astoria where she attended school, graduating with the high school class of January 1940. From high school she worked a short tune before attending the University of Oregon.

After a year in college, she took a train to meet her high school sweetheart in Tampa, Fla., where he was stationed prior to spending two years in Europe during WWII. They were married the day after her arrival on Aug. 13, 1943.

Following the war she and her husband returned to Astoria where they started their family: Darby, Jeryl and Kevin. She worked as a receptionist at the Astoria Clinic for many years and also continued in the same profession in Hartford, Conn. and Portland, Ore.

She lived on the Long Beach Peninsula for many years during the 1960s and '70s.

Mrs. Phillips loved her family, her job, reading mostly non-fiction and sun-bathing whenever the opportunity arose. In 1986 she traveled to Europe with her husband visiting France, England and Scotland, took a couple of Caribbean cruises and enjoyed vacationing in sunny locations such as Hawaii and Palm Springs with her golfer husband and their friends.

During her lifetime she was an only daughter, a wife once, a mother three times, a grandmother five times and a great grandmother once with two more on the way. She had a quick wit and sense of humor. She was well loved by her husband of 64 years, her family and her friends. Gone only a very short while, she is already deeply missed.

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