A Non-Raving Maven Who Taught Us That We're All Human --Fades To Black

HER LIGHT ECLIPSED ALL COMERS; THERE WAS ONLY ONE "DEAR ABBY."

For more than 50 years, Abby had the answers. As Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips she lives on with a daily readership of more than 110 million. She was 94.

Daughter Jeanne Phillips, whose visage graces the iconic columns across the nation, said, "If there's a party up there, my mother is sparkling and she's the life of the party."

Abby's career dishing out relationship counsel began soon after her twin sister, Esther Pauine Friedman Lederer, called "Eppie," had gotten into the dicey occupation of solving personal problems. In Chicago, in 1955, she became "Ann Landers."

Abby went by Abby even in her personal life. Her husband of 73 years, Mort, called her "Abby." The first person Jeanne called to tell of Abby's demise was veteran journalist Helen Thomas, 92, a close friend.
"She was a great leader. Abby made a great contribution to the world." She added that her "great friend was noted for her generosity, her kindness, her goodness," said Thomas, who formerly was the lead-off quizzer at White House press conferences.