Margie Lou Phipps

September 24, 1940May 12, 2018
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PHIPPS, Margie Lou 77 of West Milton passed away peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2018. Margie leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 54 years Charley J. Phipps, four daughters and two sons-in-law Leona Robinette of Troy, Sherry and John Lewis, Evelyn and James Ashley all of Union, Christie Brown of Troy; 9 grandchildren Amanda Robinette, Ted Ray III (Malissa) Robinette, Derrick Phipps, Logan Phipps, Ryan (Megan) Lewis, Sarah (William) Crabtree, James Ashley, Jeremy Ashley, Kaylah Brown, 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother and sister-in-law Bobby Neal and Alice Daniels, sister Virginia Stewart, several nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Wilfred and Clarcie (Smith) Daniels, 7 brothers and sisters. Margie retired from Englewood Manor Nursing Home in 2009 after 35 dedicated years of service. She loved to be “out and about”, enjoyed word searches, Wheel of Fortune, spending time with her family and loved traveling with her true love Charley. There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the GREENVIEW CALVARY TABERNACLE, 8010 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45415. A Celebration of Margie’s life will be 12:00 noon Friday, May 18, 2018 at the church with Pastor Tim Livingston presiding. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens, Tipp City. Contributions in memory of Margie may be made to Greenview Calvary Tabernacle. Arrangements entrusted to the Tobias Funeral Home Englewood Chapel. Messages of sympathy and support to her family may be made at:


  • Logan Phipps
  • James Ashley
  • James Ashley
  • Jeremy Ashley
  • Derrick Phipps
  • Ted Ray Robinette III


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Celebration of Margie's Life Friday, May 18, 2018

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Dixie Cartwright

May 17, 2018

Uncle Charlie and girls, my heart aches for you. Aunt Margie was a special woman. She always had a big smile on her face and made everyone feel comfortable and loved. She will be greatly missed. She is rejoicing in heaven. Love you guys.

Janet Lee Fitzpatrick

May 17, 2018

Charley, Leona, Sherry, Evelyn, Christie, sorry to hear the loss of your wive, mother. She was a very special lady who was kind-hearted and was always smiling. She sure will be missed by all who've known her but remember to cherish the special memories. Love to each of you and be thinking of you all.. 😢💕

David LeMaster

May 15, 2018

She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.She was like a second mom to me.I will miss getting a hug from her after after church,she will truly be missed.

Theresa Kniess

May 15, 2018

"Mother Harper" as I called her, was the Sweetest, caring lady I have ever met! Her beautiful daughters, Leona, Evelyn, Sherry and Christie, Always shared their mother with me as if I was their Sister.. Charley is like my dad also..
My deepest heartfelt sympathies and love to the family... I will miss "Mother Harper" and her beautiful smile and love she always offered me! Till we meet again in Heaven, I love ya momma!
God Bless You and The Family!

Marty Phipps

May 15, 2018

Margie will always be in my memory she always accepted me no matter what. The couple from bullskin gave us so much pleasure. Where will Paul get his oatmeal pies now. We love the memory of Margie always a godly mother and example. I will miss her smile but we have the hope of heaven someday. The Phipps Quartet is now together.

Shelia Stover

May 14, 2018

My heart felt condolences to Margie's entire family. My mother (JoAnn Hager Stover) told so many stories about herself and the "Daniels girls" from singing together to walking to church. May God bless each of you. Margie is home now.



To Margie Lou Phipps, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Margie, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Margie really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Margie was born on September 24, 1940 at her home with a midwife in Harper, West Virginia. Her parents were Wilford and Clarcie Daniels. Margie was raised in Lower Sandlick , Beckley. Even as a child, Margie had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Margie was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Margie managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Margie was raised with 8 siblings. She had 4 sisters Gladys, Betty Jean, Virginia, and Donnie and 4 brothers, Junior, James, Ray and Bobby Neal.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Margie was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Margie simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Margie, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Margie's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Margie graduated from Trap Hill High School in 1958. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Margie never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Margie to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Margie delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Margie was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Margie utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were JoAnne and Patsy Hager, Linny and Nancy Clay and Ginger Maner. Later in life, she became friends with Nora and Marsha. Margie loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Margie very easy to approach. On April 27, 1964 Margie exchanged wedding vows with Charley James Phipps at Wade Webbs house of Arnette, West Virginia. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Margie related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Margie was blessed with four daughters, Leona Jane, Sherry Lynn, Evelyn Carol and Christina Louise. They were also blessed with 7 grandchildren, Amanda , Ted , Derrick, Logan, Kaylah, James and Jeremy. Margie had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Margie's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Margie had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Margie was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Margie liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Margie was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Margie's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Margie as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was working as a housekeeper and Supervisor. She was employed for 32 years at Englewood Manor Nursing Home.

      Margie enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Margie liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were reading, traveling, and going to bluegrass festivals with her husband. Margie was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Margie recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She attended Greenview Calvary Tablernacle for 53 years. During that time, she taught vacation bible school, worked in the nursery and volunteered when she could.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Margie just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Tennessee and going back home to West Virginia to see her family and friends.

      Margie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Margie's favorites was Buddha, a shih tzu poodle mix. They were best friends for 10 years.

      Margie believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2009, Margie took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Margie remained busy with people and projects. Even in retirement, Margie continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Margie passed away on May 12, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Margie fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband, Charley and her four daughters, Leona, Sherry, Evelyn and Christina. Services were held at Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church, Dayton, Ohio. Margie was laid to rest in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.

      Margie brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Margie Lou Phipps lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.