Shrewsbury - Phyllis Francis had strong ties to her family, her classmates from Shrewsbury High School class of 1959 and her community. In her own small ways she was one of those people who made the community a better place to grow up. As Boston's famous politician Tip O'Neil constantly said, 'Always remember where you come from' and Phyllis did just that.
Phyllis E. Francis died at home on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 with her family gathered by her side. She was 75.
On March 26, 1941 Phyllis Ellen Fyffe was born in Worcester. She was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Muriel E. (Jones) Fyffe. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury, she was a graduate of the class of 1959 from Shrewsbury High School. She married Robert D. Francis on June 22, 1963 in Fairlawn United Methodist Church and they were married for 22 years until his death on April 12, 1985.
Phyllis worked as a secretary and transcriptionist for various companies including E.O.C. (Educational Opportunity Center), Tatman & Park Insurance, Oliver M. Dean Co. and Danielson Flowers.
Interests included being involved in the boy scouts, cake decorating and sending greeting cards. Her most favorite things were her love of music, camping and spending time with her family. She credits her strong faith for carrying her through many of life's challenges.
She had a very special place in the hearts of her classmates from her graduating class of 1959. Phyllis was quoted 'My most special hobby is being involved in my beloved class of '59. The fun, learning and rekindling of so many special childhood friendships are worth every minute spent on planning the reunions. It's amazing how, after 30, 40 even 50 years after graduation, so many lasting friendships have developed. I consider myself so very fortunate to have had all of you as friends for so long and hope to continue those friendships for many years to come. I still maintain that the class of '59 is the best class ever. So many have endured trials and tribulations over the years, yet have had what it takes to overcome those times." Through her role as chairperson of the reunion committee, she became the tie that binds the class together and the vehicle in which everyone remained in contact.
In addition to her husband, Robert she is predeceased by her only brother, John Fyffe.
She leaves her children. James R. Francis of Worcester, Sandra J. Trapasso and her husband, Peter of Whitinsville and David C. Francis of Worcester; her grandchildren, Jessica Curtis, Kayleigh Francis, Danielle Francis, Michael J. Francis, Vanessa and Victoria Trapasso and David Francis; her great-granddaughter, Alayna; also survived by nieces & nephews.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Phyllis's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury on Monday, July 25th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Her Funeral Services will be celebrated in the First Congregational Church of Boylston, 10 Church Street, Boylston on Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. The Reverend David P. Buchanan II will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Boylston.
Memorials in her name may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Center at Milford Regional Hospital, 20 Prospect Street, Milford, MA 01757.