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Doris R. Gunn Whitehead Phillips died very unexpectedly Sunday, February 1, 2004 at Hilltop Retirement Residence, Johnson City, NY, where she lived. She was born May 22, 1914 and was the daughter of the late Fred and Gertrude Williams Gunn. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Emerson Whitehead and Wendell Phillips; and by one grandson, Raymond Whitehead.

Doris is survived by her loving family of five children, Carlton and Helen Whitehead, New Milford, PA, Elaine and Joe Caso, Elmira, NY, Emerson and Eva Whitehead, Susquehanna, PA, Joel and Agnes Whitehead, Jackson, PA, Carol Timlin, Philadelphia, PA; one stepdaughter, Geneva; 16 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Doris was a lifelong committed member and volunteer of the community. She was a 50-year member of Gill Chapter 12 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, with Pastor Joyce Allen officiating.

In honor of Doris, a scholarship fund has been established. Donations may be sent to Memorial Scholarship Fund, Pennstar Bank, P.O. Box 175, New Milford, PA 18834.


Ralph Willard Lee, Thompson, PA, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, after a courageous battle with cancer. His wife of 47 years is the former Roslyn Thorn.

Born June 24, 1931 in Union Dale, he was the son of the late Paul and Helen Spencer Lee. He was a US Navy veteran, serving on the USS New Jersey during the Korean War. He was retired from the Susquehanna Community School District. He was a member of the American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna; the Ararat United Methodist Church; and was a lifetime member and past chief of the Thompson Hose Company.

He is also survived by his children, Linda Chesnick and her husband, Michael, Jewel Lee, Scott Lee, Paul Lee and his wife, Melanie; his grandchildren, Kacie Chesnick and Eric Lee, all of Thompson; a sister, Dorothy Thorn, Thompson; two brothers, Carlton Lee, Union Dale, Roger Lee, Forest City; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment in Ararat Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ararat United Methodist Church or the Thompson Hose Company.

Arrangements were made by the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Carbondale.


Funeral services for Marjorie M. Kipps, 81, of the Perry Village Nursing Home in New Bloomfield, formerly of Camp Hill, PA, were held at 9:30 a.m., February 2, in the Neill Funeral Home, Camp Hill, PA.

Mrs. Kipps died Monday, January 19, 2004, in the home.

She was a daughter of the late Raymond and Gertie Frye and the widow of Captain Harold R. Kipps.

Marjorie was a member of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Rio, West Virginia; a member of the Mechanicsburg Memorial VFW Post 6704’s Ladies Auxiliary; a life member of the Gold Star Wives of America’s Potomac Chapter; a life member of the Ex-Prisoner of War Association Auxiliary; a life member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Association Auxiliary; and a life member of the Retired Officers Association Auxiliary.

She loved to travel and championed veterans’ rights and POW/MIA issues.

Marjorie is survived by a son, Ronald Kipps and daughter-in-law, Dr. Margaret Stinavage-Kipps, Union Dale; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Terry Raber, Ickesburg, PA; two stepsons, Harold R. Kipps, Jr., Harrisburg, James Kipps, Delaware City, OK; two sisters, Freda Loy, Delray, WV, Armeda Saville, Augusta, WV; two grandsons; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews.

Burial was on Monday, February 2, in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.


Helen Wells, 83, Great Bend, PA, passed away unexpectedly Friday, February 6, 2004 in Newburgh, NY while visiting family. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Charles (Buster) Wells; her children, Gerald and Cheryl Wells, Katy, TX, Charles and Carol Wells, Vestal, NY, Patricia and Frank Bliss, Hallstead, PA, Susan Franke, Newburgh, NY, Karen and Rick Walter, Montgomery, NY; a special granddaughter, Christine Wells, Cantonsville, MD; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Mike Grischenko; a sister, Anne Kirkland, Holland Patent, NY; a special friend, Elsie Friede.

She was predeceased by her parents; two grandsons, Scott Wells, Frank P. Bliss; three sisters, Sophie Coffin, Marie Kirkland, Phyllis Hobson, who was her twin.

Before moving to Great Bend, she was a resident of Hallstead for over 30 years. Helen loved to sew and crochet and do jigsaw puzzles. She was always there for her family. She enjoyed her cats and driving her car, which gave her much pleasure.

We will miss you, Mom.

A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead, PA.

Arrangements were made by the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead.

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