Marianne N Phipps

February 23, 1934 ~ September 21, 2019 (age 85)




Marianne Naomi Burdette was born on June 23, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She passed away peacefully on September 21, 2019 in Torrington, Wyoming with her daughter, Brenda and Laurel Ginkens by her side.

She was the fourth child of seven children born to Louis and Ella (Johnson) Burdette. She attended many different schools as her parents moved around due to her father’s work.

She met a sailor from Nebraska named Bob Phipps at a dance in Portland, Oregon and they were married May 5, 1954 in Vancouver, Washington. They moved to the Phipps ranch, north of Harrison, Nebraska in 1955 where they raised three children, Rocky, Tony, and Brenda. They later divorced.

Marianne worked several different jobs including Jantzen Clothing Manufacturing Company in Portland, her sister, Irene said she could remember all the nice clothes she wore. She also owned and operated the Village Barn in Harrison, Nebraska and worked at the Longhorn Bar. Marianne held a variety of jobs over the years. Anyone who knew Marianne knew her unique sense of humor and she did it her way.

 Marianne is survived by her daughter Brenda Phipps-Midkiff (John) of Lusk, son Rocky Phipps (Sandy) of Arizona. Her sister Muriel Irene Meader of Portland, Oregon, brother Mick (Ethel) Burdette of Boring, Oregon. Three grandchildren Cami (Phipps) Brown, Sam Phipps, Jacob Phipps and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Ella Burdette, sisters Dorothy Phipps and Carol Swain, brothers Don Burdette and Jim Burdette and a son, Tony Phipps.

A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. Marianne loved to read and memorials may be made to the Niobrara County Library Foundation, Inc. in her name.


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