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Phyllis Libby

Nov. 21, 1949-Sept. 29, 2008

Phyllis M. Libby, 58, of Ogema, MN, died Monday, September 29, 2008 at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo.

Phyllis Marilyn Libby was born to Herbert and Thelma (Thompson) Libby on Nov. 21, 1949 in Grand Forks, N.D. She attended the White Earth Mission School and Waubun High School. She worked as a bartender in Las Vegas, Nev., for four years.

Phyllis was trained in business management and then moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she operated her own business for four years. She returned to White Earth, where, following the death of her mother, she became the caregiver and "mother-figure" to her brothers and sisters. Phyllis was a nation-wide traveler and beadwork artist. She was active with the Anishinabeg Akeen and the Indigenous Womens Group

Survivors include a son, Michael, of White Earth; two granddaughters; two sisters, Mary (Zeb) Shaugabay of Warroad, Minn., and Janis Parisian of Elbow Lake Village, rural Waubun); seven brothers, Jerry (Sis), Tom (Jean) and George Sr., all of Ogema, Gene (Sandy) Libby of White Earth, Bob (Sharon), Sr., of Elk River, Minn., and Bill Sr., of Faribault, Minn.

Preceding her in death were her parents; three sisters, Gloria, Carol and Lola; and a brother, Richard.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, until noon on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Libby Residence, 36735 County Road 35 in rural Ogema. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Thursday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, White Earth.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.