Phipps said her hobbies are "sitting in her big comfortable chair"
while reading the Los Angeles Times every day -- she has been a
subscriber for 60 years -- and watching TV news programs and the game
"She guesses a lot of the answers," Kiessya said.
Phipps retired after working for 43 years as a legal secretary in
downtown Los Angeles. Her husband, the late Stanley A. Phipps, was a
Superior Court judge for 18 years. He had worked as a lawyer for
Douglas Aircraft. He died July 16, 1979. The couple were married in
Helen Phipps was born in Pasadena and graduated from Pasadena High
School. She went to UCLA and to UC Berkeley, where she received a
teaching credential in swimming and diving. She formed three swimming
clubs in Los Angeles and several for the Fourth of July festivals on
She traveled for 10 years throughout Asia and Europe. She loved
Asia the most, because it was so clean and smelled so nice, she said.
"They bring you a kimono and slippers when you enter a home," she
said. "They are very polite people."