09:28 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 01/17/2013 02:05PM
"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.
"She'll be terribly missed by the people who love her. She'll always be in my heart. She had an irreverent sense of humor. She left an amazing legacy," daughter Jeanne Phillips tells PEOPLE.
"I'm honored that she trusted me enough to let me continue her column for her. I feel very empty today. It's a very sad day."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Khloé Kardashian Quits PETA after Flour Bombing of Kim Kardashian
Flip or Flop Host Tarek El Moussa Battling Thyroid Cancer
Jury Selection Opens in Trial for Florida Man Accused of Murdering His Wife and Posting a Photo of Her Corpse Online
Will Smith Shares the Secrets to His Successful Marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith
Rock Hudson's 'True Love' Speaks: How We Kept Our Gay Life Secret
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!