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Mary Ellen Philbin

September 10, 1928 January 26, 2012
Mary Ellen Philbin
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Obituary for Mary Ellen Philbin

Mary Ellen Philbin of Beverly Hills died January 26, 2012. She was 83 years old. Mary Ellen was born September 10, 1928, in Detroit to Delia (nee Maloney) and Patrick J. Curran, both Irish immigrants.

A graduate of Marygrove College, Mary Ellen received her Bachelor�s in Economics in 1952. On October 5 of that same year she married the love of her life, Richard F. Philbin, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Detroit. The Philbins settled in Lincoln Park and Mary Ellen took her first job working for Social Security. She also spent years working in Jacobson�s China Department.

A devoted volunteer throughout her life, Mary Ellen was a founder of the St. Gertrude�s Guild at St. Regis and a past-president of the St. Regis Ladies of Charity. She was also an active volunteer at St. Hugo�s Clothes Closet and Resource Center and was recognized as Mother and Unborn Baby Care�s Volunteer of the Year.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all, Mary Ellen Philbin will be remembered best as a devout Catholic who spent her life in service to God�s people. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Kathryn (Thomas) Welch, Patrick J. Philbin, and Nora (Matthew) Lignell, her granddaughters, Kelly and Elizabeth Philbin, Mary Bridget Welch, and Kate, Carolyn, and Clare Lignell. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard F. Philbin.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.), Sunday 1-8pm with a Rosary at 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Regis Catholic Church, 3695 Lincoln at Lahser, Bloomfield Hills, Monday 10:30am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am.

Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.

Memorials appreciated to Ladies of Charity, Oakland County, P.O. Box 602, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304 or Mother and Unborn Baby Care, 24500 Southfield Rd #100, Southfield 48075.

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