She had a good long life...
"Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips, who starting in 1956 under the
pen name Abigail van Buren began giving some 90 million newspaper
readers advice on everything from Civil Rights to dating, died Wednesday
in Minneapolis, said a family spokesperson. She was 94.
"My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change," said daughter Jeanne Phillips. "I will honor her memory every day by continuing this legacy."
For years Phillips had suffered with Alzheimer's disease, the first
signs of which began showing in the mid-1990s. By then, she and Jeanne
were writing the column together, until such time in 2002 that Pauline
could no longer handle the task and Jeanne took over the family's advice
Among the many remarkable facts about Phillips (who took the name Abigail from the Bible and the surname from President Martin Van Buren) is that her identical twin sister, Esther "Eppie" Lederer, was in the same line of work – as columnist Ann Landers.
(Posted by Schmooze Correspondent Mary Wallace)