The Merced Express, Merced, CA. Friday Nov 18, 1931. Front page

Death Claims Miss Vinnie Phillips.

Miss Lavinia [Vinnie] Phillips, who for many years was a highly respected resident of Merced, passed away Monday morning at the St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco, death resulting from a heart attack following an illness of only a few days.

Miss Phillips was born in Mariposa but had spent the greater portion of her life in Merced.
She received her early education here and after being graduated from the San Francisco Normal School she was for several years a teacher in the Merced grammar schools.

In 1903 she became chief assistant in the Merced Post office and served in that capacity during the administration of her brother, Charles Harris; Charles F. Neumann and the late C.D. Radcliffe.
In 1916 Miss Phillips resigned her position in the Post office and a short time later moved to San Francisco, where she had since resided.

Miss Phillips was a most estimable woman and had a host of friends and acquaintances in both Mariposa and Merced counties as well as the Bay City section who sincerely regret her passing.

Her only surviving relative is her brother, Charles Harris, well-known retired newspaper publisher of this city.
Other relatives who preceded her to the hereafter were her parents, her sister, Miss Emily Harris, and six brothers - George and Fred H. Phillips and Matthew, Thomas, John and James Harris.

Funeral services were held in the Halstead mortuary chapel in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon. Following the services the remains were cremated.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone