Melba J. Phillips

February 12, 1924 ‒ January 03, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

Melba J. Phillips, age 90 of Fredericktown, died Saturday January 3, 2015, at her residence. Melba was born February 12, 1924 in Mount Gilead to Melvin Grover Bachelder and Cynthia Elizabeth (Virtue) Bachelder. Melba graduated from Mount Gilead High School and had spent her lifetime in Morrow and Knox Counties. On October 31, 1942 she married Donald W. Phillips in Delhart, Texas and celebrated 56 years of marriage before Donald’s death in 1998.

Melba was a member of the Victory Church of Christ in Mount Vernon, was a 75 year member of Wayne Grange, a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau and a member of the Dorema Women’s Auxiliary. Surviving are her; 4 sons Dean (Paula) Phillips of Bryan, Ohio, Dale (Roxan) Phillips of Lucas, Dennis (Cindy) Phillips of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Darrell (Karen) Phillips of Overland Park, Kansas; her daughter Donna Phillips of the home; grandchildren Dalena Phillips, Danae Phillips, Darisa Phillips, Anthony Phillips, Colt Phillips, Alisha (Russ) Mendelson, Jeff (Kiirsten) Phillips, JeanAnn Spore; great grandchildren Jayden Spore, Damian Bell, Cooper and Reid Mendelson, Zane Phillips; and sisters Helen Black and Margaret Vaughn. Besides her parents Melba was preceded in death by her husband Donald W. Phillips, daughter Diana J. (Phillips) Puetz, son-in-law Walter Puetz, and granddaughter Cathy Puetz, brother Ralph Bachelder, and sisters Ruth Ellen Dudley and Phyllis Ore.

Friends may call Thursday from 5PM to 7PM and Friday from 10AM to 11AM at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 East College Street, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where funeral services will be Friday at 11AM with Ray Linn and Donald Linn officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Those who desire, may make memorial contributions to Ohio Health MedCentral Hospice or the Fredericktown Fire Department/EMS.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Melba J. Phillips.


  • She was one special lady who I will never forget. Melba will be missed by many. She was a women of God that we should of follow her example. She loved the Lord and her family as well as her Church Family. Now she will see the loved ones that went before her. I will miss her so very much. God bless the Family.

  • Our love and prayers go to Aunt Melba’s family. May they be comforted at this hard time in their lives. Blessings to you all. Her 56 years of marriage are a great testimony to this world today.

  • I am glad i got to know Melba over the years. I enjoyed our many talks. She certainly was a strong woman with a lot of faith. Im glad she is at peace now and her struggle is over. Dale you were a great source of comfort to your mom. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that you did everything you could for her in her last journey. You have my deepest sympathy. I wish peace and comfort to you and your family in the days to come.

  • So sorry to learn of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Sincerely, Mike and Marilyn Lamb

  • Dear Phillips Family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Melba. She will be fondly remembered.

  • Our sympathy to all your family. Melba has joined her family around the throne of God. Praise the Lord.

  • Prayers to your family as you gather to celebrate the life of your mom and grandmother. She will always be with you in your heart and memories. God Bless Dave, Val and family

  • We are so sorry for Melba’s passing. Don was my first cousin.
    Always until this year looked for Melba’s Christmas card.
    God bless to all of you
    The Rneharts

  • To Melba’s family..we wish we could be with you, give you all a hug, and tell you we were so blessed to know and be related to an amazing woman. Throughout the trials and tribulations of her life , and the joys, she always was quick to praise her family and took great pride in all of you. Your loving care in these last months was an example all should follow. She will be missed by so many, including us.

    Mary and Richard James (in Florida)

  • Dale and Roxanne ,just a short note to offer our condolences on the passing of your mother. I’m sure that he lived a full life and no longer has the pain and suffering. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, Jim and Dee Fogle

  • Philips family,
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of our families getting together as a child.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • May the memories of your special bond with Melba bring you comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Bishop Family
    Overland Park, Kansas

  • Dean and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I pray that the Lord’s presence will be near and that your family can will be blessed by His work and your mother’s positive influence on so many.