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  • Betsy Phillips turns 107 years young

    Ruth Haferkamp, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Next week on May 13, Betsy Phillips ,will reach another milestone in her life, celebrating 107 years young. What a privilege to know this charming, intelligent and wise woman. Every afternoon almost without fail, Betsy enjoys her afternoon walks. She has always had a keen interest in the appreciation of bird life and flowers. One couldn't find a more lovely place to soak up nature, than our own beautiful Fallbrook. Betsy has become, one would say, a celebrity in Fallbrook. A...

  • Betsy Phillips is 104 and counting

    Ruth Haferkamp, Special to the Village News

    It is almost incomprehensible that four years ago I was visiting Betsy Phillips for the very first time to interview her on the occasion of the preparations for her 100th birthday, May 13, 2017. When Betsy and I spoke on the phone to set up an appointment for yet another interview to acknowledge her 104th year, she and I confirmed with one another that we had both received our second COVID-19 vaccinations. The day arrived and Betsy greeted me warmly into her home; the differen...

  • Betsy Phillips takes 100 years in stride

    Ruth Haferkamp|Updated May 6, 2021

    Upon approaching Betsy Phillips' Fallbrook home, I asked myself however can one sum up 100 years in a few paragraphs. I was welcomed amazingly by Betsy herself in a pair of well-fitted blue jeans and a fashionable flowered top. With a warm smile, I was shown into her dining room, amazed at her erect posture and the energy in her walk, surely to be envied by anyone at any age. As we seated ourselves at the dining room table, Betsy exclaimed, "oh, look"; from the large dining...

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