Memorial services were held on May 19th at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Armand Bertrand officiating. Burial was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee.
Marcella Rose LaPlante was born Nov. 26, 1924 in Sioux City, to Treff and Mabel (Dougherty) LaPlante. She attended school in Sioux City, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1942, and worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for several years.
On April 10, 1944 Sally married Kirk E. Phillips in Dyersburg, Tenn., and they moved to Cherokee in 1958. Sally worked as a bookkeeper and paymaster for many years at the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, Cherokee.
Sally was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Ladies Guild, and was also a member of the Happy Hookers Crochet Club and several bridge and 500 clubs.
Sally was a precinct election official for many years, serving in ward 1. She also taught C.C.D. classes at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for over 20 years. Sally enjoyed working with, and for, young people. Her family was the most important thing in her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Kirk on June 9, 1994; three brothers, Albert, Lee, and Robert La Plante; one sister, Dorothy Basta; a brother-in-law, Rudy Basta; a daughter-in-law Linda Phillips; a sister-in-law Ola La Plante; two nephews and three nieces.
She is survived by a son, Gary Phillips and his wife, LaVonne, of Estherville; a daughter, Marci Brown and her husband, Rod, of Cherokee; grandchildren Terry Woltman of Seattle, Wash.; Hillary Brown-Horstmann and her fiance, Kyle Kruse, of Waterloo; Melanie Metzger and her husband, Howard, and their children, Trent and Jacob, of Estherville; step-grandchildren, Eric and Heidi Lotz; a sister-in-law Helen La Plante of Mexico Beach, Fla.; two nieces and eight nephews; her Saturday bridge foursome and many good friends.