Mary Grace (Phillips) McCollum 1932-2019
Mary Grace (Phillips) McCollum, 86, of Paris, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris.
Mary was born on December 24, 1932 in Monroe County, the daughter of Bruce and Mildred (Miller) Phillips. She grew up in the Paris area, attending elementary school in Strother and graduating from Paris high school. She also taught school for one year at Strother.
She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where she met Earl Homer McCollum. They were married on April 26, 1953 and enjoyed 63 happy years together until his death in 2016. During their years together they lived in several different states due to Homer’s career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They had the opportunity to see many interesting parts of the U.S. and met many interesting people along the way who became lifelong friends.
Mary enjoyed sewing, gardening, crafts and bird watching. She was very active in the Monroe County Historical Society and the Missouri Folklore Society and for many years was a member of the Friends of Florida. Together she and Homer made, demonstrated and sold a large variety of wooden folk toys. Mary was also happy to show and talk about her collection of feed sack cloth.
Mary is survived by her children, Gayle McCollum of Moberly, and Kevin (Julie) McCollum of New Haven, MO; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; two brothers; Donald (Nicki) Phillips of Mexico and Carl Phillips of Paris; several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and one granddaughter.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris with Reverend Donna Scott officiating. Visitation will be from 10 until time of service on Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Cancer Supporters or the Historical Society
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