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Major Marjorie Lavinia Phipps

Major Marjorie Lavinia Phipps, age 95, of Mena passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Mena.

She was born January 21, 1922 in Peoria, Illinois to the late W.H. Turner and the late Olive Tennant Turner.  She proudly served her country in the United States Army for 23 years, she retired as a Major. Marjorie was a resident of Mena for forty years, with a brief interim of ten years living with her sister, Flo in Peoria after becoming widowed.

Major Phipps grew up in Peoria, Illinois, where she graduated from high school and continued to three years of nurses training. Though she never had children, Major Phipps was married twice, both of which were Colonel Curtis Ivey and Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Phipps.

In 1936, after her brother had joined the Army, she was feeling patriotic and choose to enlist.  She worked as a floor nurse and spent time in Paris, after serving in the Philippines during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

After retirement, she and her husband Colonel Ivey moved to Mena on a farm and raised cattle and she continued to live there after his death. She later married Robert Phipps. She loved animals and worked as a shelter manager with the Humane Society for twenty years.

Major Marjorie was a true Patriot of Country and a loving step-mother, and aunt.

She is survived by nieces, Angie Boaden of Cushing, Texas, Barbara Carver of Warrenton, Missouri; nephew, Brad Chernauski of Peoria, Illinois; step-children, Diane Maddox, Mary Ann Kemp, Robert Phipps, Mike Phipps, from her marriage to Robert C. Phipps.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  a sister and brother, first husband, Colonel Curtis Ivy and second husband, Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Phipps.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m.  at Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Don Maddox, Kent Shrader, Jim Evans, David Evans and Justin Myers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Human Society, 366 Polk 50, Mena, Arkansas 71953

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