Betty Jane Phillips

Betty Jane Phillips

FROSTBURG — Betty Jane Phillips, 87, of Frostburg, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at her home in Frostburg.

Born Nov. 22, 1922, in Valley, Wash., she was the daughter of the late William Henry Light and Amilda Agnes (Taylor) Light.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Phillips; and her grandson, Scott Hayden.

Mrs. Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Marylhurst College, Portland, Ore.

She studied with Robert Pace at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., and was a certified Robert Pace specialist in piano pedagogy. She was also a member of the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association.

Mrs. Phillips taught piano in Astoria and Portland, Ore., and was, for many years, the accompanist for the Astoria High School and Middle School Choirs. She was a tutor at Clatsop Community College and accompanied their Symphonic Choir.

Mrs. Phillips was a well-known and respected musician in the northern coast of Oregon.

She was the accompanist of the Cannon Beach Choral under L. Stanley Glarum and Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker in Cannon Beach, Ore. She also accompanied the Canon Beach Chorus under Doreen Dunlap and was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Astoria.

Locally, Mrs. Phillips was a staff accompanist at Frostburg State University, where she was dearly loved and respected by faculty and students. She accompanied the University Chorale, Chamber Choir, the Cumberland Choral Society and the Emmanuel Episcopal Church choir. She was a member of the Cumberland Music and Arts Society.

A member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, she was often a keyboardist at concerts held in that church.

She is survived by her four children, Kathleen Hayden and husband John, Las Vegas, Nev., George Alfred Phillips and wife Larissa, Winchester, Va., Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker and husband Benedict Sarnaker (with whom she resided in Frostburg) and by Nellie Johanson and husband George O’Mara of Astoria; and her cousins, Freda Light and Virginia Louderbough of Yates Center, Kan., and Francis Light of Jetmore, Kan.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Bernadette Hayden, Kevin Hayden, Charles Hayden and Robert Hayden; Melissa Johanson Black and Christopher Johanson; Tyler Phillips, Anastasia Phillips and Christopher Phillips; and great-grandchildren, Scott and Michael Hayden; Felicia Hayden; Madeline and Michael Hayden; Madison and MacKenzie Johanson and William Tyler and Katrina Phillips.

In addition, Mrs. Phillips considered the following dear friends like family: Mark Gallagher, Greg Johanson, Douglas Nash, Kivi Niemi, Kathy and Dick Park and Connie Phelps.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 16 Washington St., Cumberland, on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Edward C. Chapman, Rector, will officiate.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 12 at Saint Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church in Manzanita, Ore., with the Rev. Paul Barthelemey, Vicar, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Jane Phillips Scholarship, c/o Frostburg State University Foundation, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532.

Condolences to the family may be posted after Mrs. Phillips’ obituary at upchurchfh.com .

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