Though she's dished out her share of romantic advice, she's not exactly the best at taking it.
People from all walks of life write in with their problems - family, financial, but mostly relationships - to ask for advice from Dear Abby.
"She was wonderful -- an amazing, charismatic, caring, caring woman.
She loved and had a deep concern for other people."Phillips, of Los Angeles, says her mother taught her about human nature and "not to be too judgmental because we're all human."Phillips has been at her mother's bedside the past week.
Her sister would also take a pen name — Ann Landers — when she took over writing the so-named existing newspaper advice column in Chicago.
The way Abby tells it in her 1981 book The Best of Dear Abby, she approached the San Francisco Chronicle about replacing the current advice columnist.