Saturday, October 25, 2014 09:50pm
North Adams, MA now: 50 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   


Search By Name or Keyword:
Printer Friendly Version
   Send to a friend
Harriet Phillips, 86

May 16, 2012

EGREMONT, Mass. — Harriet Phillips, 86, of North Egremont died Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Born on Aug. 4, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved to North Egremont many years ago and became an avid gardener and gourmet chef. She graduated from Smith College in 1992, earning her bachelor's degree in sociology at age 65.

Ms. Phillips' life was framed by fruitful dedication to social justice: workers' rights in the '40s, anti-racism in the '50s and '60s, peace and women's rights in the '70s. She had an abiding concern with class issues and local and global conditions for the poor, especially mothers, said family. Her early civil rights activism included protest of a segregated swimming facility in Egremont in 1964 and culminated in the election of President Barack Obama, for whom she mobilized her walker and set to work. Just before her death, she was re-elected to the Egremont Democratic Committee.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and caring friend. Her friends speak of her welcoming generosity, her determined and indomitable spirit, and her fabulous cooking. She will be sorely missed.

She leaves four daughters, Menoukha, Claudia, Ditte and Raya; her sister, Helen; five grandchildren Sara, Mara, Ian, Jacob and Isaac; four great-grandchildren, Dahlia, Forest, Matan and Eber, nieces and nephews Joan, Richard, Paul, Barbara, Ruth and Miriam, and her service dog, Pluto.

Her son, Eugene Phillips, died in 2004.

FUNERAL NOTICE — Donations may be sent in Ms. Phillips name to NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) or Rosenberg Fund for Children. To participate in a memorial service next year, please email menoukha@gmail.com.


Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
Post Comment
I would like to have met her. She seems to have been a remarkable, committed woman. Jim S.
from: Jim Savitton: 06-08-2012

Although I didn't know her, I see her footsteps through her daughter, Menoukha, whom I admire.
from: Julie Shawon: 05-30-2012

I wish I would've known her - based on my conversation with Menoukha. Such a great loss!
from: Val Chukhlominon: 05-30-2012

She must have been a wonderful person because she has a wonderful daughter Menoukha.
from: Joyce McKnighton: 05-30-2012

 
View All
Girls Soccer : Mount Greylock...
Flynn scored her second goal of the game to stop a Hoosac...
Football: Mount Greylock vs...
The undefeated Wahconah High School football team shutout...
Football: Lee vs Monument
Saturday afternoon football Lee wins over Monument Mountain...
The Massachusetts Junior...
The Massachusetts Junior Classics League held its fall...
Football: Hoosac Valley vs...
Hoosac Valley overpowers Drury 63-12, Saturday afternoon.
Pittsfield Halloween Parade...
Monsters and zombies, princesses and Jedi ushered in the...
Soccer: Wahconah vs Lenox
Collin Parrott scored three times on Tuesday to lead the...
Girls Soccer: Wahconah vs...
Rachel Donahue scored with four minutes left to give the...
Football: Hoosac Valley vs...
Koperniak made the last play of the night, a 1-yard plunge...
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Boys and Girls Cross Country was held at Windsor Lake on...
Western Mass Golf
Four Berkshire County golfers qualified for the state...
Football: Franklin Tech vs...
McCann Tech holds on for the win Saturday afternoon. McCann...
Colegrove Park Elementary...
Mayor Richard Alcombright and the City Council were updated...
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Berkshire Chamber Greylock
Boys and Girls Cross Country
The Lenox boys and girls teams both cleaned up on Senior...
Girls Soccer : Mount Greylock...
Flynn scored her second goal of the game to stop a Hoosac...
Football: Mount Greylock vs...
The undefeated Wahconah High School football team shutout...
Football: Lee vs Monument
Saturday afternoon football Lee wins over Monument Mountain...
The Massachusetts Junior...
The Massachusetts Junior Classics League held its fall...
Football: Hoosac Valley vs...
Hoosac Valley overpowers Drury 63-12, Saturday afternoon.
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved