LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The woman behind the famed “Dear Abby” column, Pauline Phillips, has died following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Phillips, 94, died Wednesday in Minneapolis and private funeral services were held Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

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The “Dear Abby” column first ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1955 – the same year Phillips’ twin sister, Esther, began writing a competing column under the name Ann Landers.

As Abigail Van Buren, Phillips gave out advice that could be breezy, critical or compassionate.

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In 2002, Phillips’ daughter, Jeanne, took over the column, which runs in more than 1,000 newspapers.

“My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change,” Jeanne Phillips said in a statement, according to the AP.

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Fans have placed flowers on Phillips’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.