Merced Express, Merced, CA. May 20, 1898
Death of Mrs. Eliza Phillips
Mrs. Eliza Phillips, a well known pioneer lady of Merced who was better known as Grandma Phillips, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. B. Jolley, on Alameda street, early Monday morning last after a lingering illness of more than five months from cancer of the stomach, and at the advanced age of 86 years.
During her last illness she suffered much, but she bore her suffering with a Christian spirit and much fortitude.
The aged lady was respected and esteemed by all who knew her, and was a zealous member of Bethel M. E. Church. She was born in Cornwall, England, in 1812, and came to California with her husband, John Phillips, in 1852 and located at Hornitos, Mariposa county, but for the last twenty-five years has been a resident of Merced.
Her husband died in 1864. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. E.B. Jolly and Mrs. Thursa Clough, and also a step daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Young, to mourn her death.
The funeral took place from the M.E. Church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Smith officiating.
Transcribed by: Alma Stone