OBITUARY: Phyllis R. (Otis) Garrett, 99

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Phyllis R. Garrett (Otis), age 99, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Phyllis was born in Everett, Ma. on July 24, 1921; she was the dear daughter of the late Frank and Miriam (Noftle) Otis. Phyllis was raised and educated in Chelsea.

Phyllis married the “love of her life” Harold F. Garrett on April 4, 1941; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1955 where they raised three wonderful daughters. Phyllis was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who showered her family with unconditional love and devotion; her family was her world. She was an excellent hostess who enjoyed entertaining for her family and friends and she had an “open door policy” at her home where all were welcomed, nourished and made to feel loved. Phyllis loved being in the kitchen cooking and baking; she was an amazing baker who made countless pies, cookies, and cakes for her family and friends. Phyllis entered some of her delicious creations and won the Betty Crocker Bake Off where first prize was an oven. Phyllis, she was also voted “Mother of the Year” in Massachusetts.

Phyllis was a woman of great faith who loved her Lord; for many years she was an active member of the Mount Bellingham United Methodist Church and, in later years, she was an active member of Grace Chapel. Her faith in God was the foundation of her life. Her God was her all. Phyllis served in any way she could and always led by example, exuding unconditional love.

When not at home tending to her family, Phyllis was heavily involved in her community; she gave of her time and talents at countless charity events. She was very kind and caring and she always looked out for the needs of others. Phyllis’ endearing personality, kind demeanor and beautiful smile drew others to her side; she made many, many friends throughout the town.

In her spare time, Phyllis, enjoyed painting and was quite an artist. Her paintings were beautifully detailed, and every stroke was with precision; if you were lucky enough to receive one as a gift it was something to be treasured because it was created with love.

Phyllis will be fondly remembered as a woman of strength and grace; she was beautiful inside and out. Phyllis always put the needs of others before her own and loved everyone with all her heart. Phyllis will forever be loved and missed by her family, friends and community.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late Harold F. Garrett, devoted mother of Beverly Soper and her husband Dr. Robert Soper, Judith Bishop and her husband John Bishop and Holly Garrett-Malvone and her husband Anthony Malvone all of Wilmington. Loving Nana of Peter Soper and his wife Tammy, Sharon Pozzi Thomas and her husband Scott Thomas, Keith Bishop and his wife Jenna, Brian Bishop and his wife Kristen, A. Zachary Malvone and his fiancé Tess Buccigrosso, Hannah Malvone and “Mimi” to her great-grandchildren Alex and Stephanie Soper, Jonathan and Heather Pozzi, Megan and Zachary Thomas, Adam, Jared and Hailey Bishop, Jordan and Kaitlyn Legere and Krystal Fortin. Phyllis was the dear sister of the late Mary Beal and Barbara Piazza. Phyllis is further survived by her dear brother-in-law Sumner M. Beal, her dear sisters-in-law Jean Flight, Stella Pierce, Marion Manniff and her brother-in-law Steven Garrett. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to the current pandemic and for everyone’s safety, the Garret family has chosen to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Phyllis’ memory to the New Life Home for Women and Children, P. O. Box 148, Manchester, NH 03105.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Phyllis R. Garrett

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