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Marion Leigh Phillips, 80, of Red Bank, NJ passed away peacefully with her three children by her side on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Born in Long Branch, NJ, Marion grew up in Little Silver, NJ with her parents George W. and Marjorie E. Ryser, identical twin Sister Marjorie, and two Brothers George and Philip.  Childhood was devoted to her twin Sister and their horses on the small family farm where she acquired a love of animals, nature, music, and gardening.  A 1960 Red Bank High School graduate, Marion began her career in the service industry employed by the United States Selective Service System, Red Bank, NJ.  While there, she was recognized by the United States Government for saving thousands of documents during a flood which inundated the Selective Service System’s offices on Broad Street.   Married to R. Bruce Phillips from 1961 to 1982, residing in Holmdel, NJ where they raised their family and together launched Holmdel Police Department from their home.  As their three children matured and Holmdel Police Department established a permanent headquarters elsewhere; Marion became employed as VP of Jafcee Security Agency in Mercerville, NJ and subsequently California Plant Protection, Van Nuys, CA.  Marion and Bruce parted ways in 1982.

Following participation in the security and public service sectors; Marion settled in Red Bank, NJ and founded Marion Security Agency, celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2022.  An extension of a childhood dream of owning a business, she portrayed innate pride in the organization and positioned Marion Security Agency among the best in the State.  Respected for her sensitivity to the Security Officers, she was known for her generosity towards them. Her willingness to assist those in need brought joy to herself and the Agency.  Marion Security Agency functions today as it had from the beginning over 40 years ago, through the direct involvement of a management team sustained by Marion’s influence of pride.  A NJ State Licensed Private Investigator and Licensed Security Agency Owner, Marion held memberships with the American Society for Industrial Security, the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chief of Police, the NJ Association of Licensed Security Agencies, the NJ Business and Industry Association, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the NJ Licensed Private Investigators Association, and many others.             

A former Sunday School Teacher of many years, Marion was a life-long member of Christ Church Shrewsbury.  Her family, home, and business were her pride and joy.  There was a story behind each piece of vintage furniture in her Craftsman home and office building, along with the plantings gracing the gardens of both domiciles.  Likewise, a lover of art and a collector of antique paintings and other antiquities; each area of Marion’s home and office had legends about the pieces therein.  Her ten Grandchildren delighted in the “stories Nana told” and as adults still refer to them and her country music she fancied while playing the guitar. 

Marion is predeceased by her father George Ryser and mother Marjorie, her brother George W. “Butchie” Ryser Jr. and wife Shirley.  Marion is survived by her three children and their spouses; Kathy (Phillips) and husband Tom Jablonski;  Bob Phillips and wife Bunnie (Leftwich), Penny (Phillips) and husband Dr. Victor Buccellato.  She is survived by her twin Sister Marjorie Durdack, Brother Philip Ryser and wife Beverly.  Missing their Nana’ inspiration are ten Grandchildren whom Marion loves dearly; Bobby Phillips and wife Megan, Hannah Phillips and Bryan Ottino, Danny Phillips and wife Jaimie, Billy Phillips, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Allyson Jablonski, Kathryn Jablonski, Tommy Jablonski, Brooke Buccellato, Andrew Buccellato, and two Great-Grandchildren; Bo Phillips and Zachary Ottino, her beloved dog “Poppy” and many Nieces, Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews whom Marion called her children as well.   In addition, Marion leaves behind a family of dedicated employees and friends at Marion Security Agency, numerous close business partners, and many dear personal friends.

A private burial at Holmdel Cemetery celebrating the life of Marion L. Phillips is under the direction of Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. Memorial contributions may be made in Marion’s name to:  Somerset Hills Learning Institute School For Autism, 1810 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 Phone# 908-719-6400.



Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740