Phyllis's Story

BROWNVILLE - Phyllis I. Mowry passed from this life peacefully with family by her side at Eastern Maine Medical Center on June 7, 2015. She was born July 19, 1929, in Williamsburg, the daughter of Adrian B. Rollins and Helen Degerstrom. She loved to spend time as a girl camping and hiking with her family at Jo-Mary Lake. Phyllis graduated from Brownville Junction High School in 1947. She married Richard B. Wilson of Ebeemee the same year and moved to California where she lived and raised her family. Phyllis was employed and worked hard in the banking industry until she moved back to Brownville. She loved living back 'home' in Brownville and bought a house on Stickney Hill. All three of her daughters later moved their families back to Maine as well, and this made her heart feel complete. She was extremely devoted to her family and took every opportunity to share with neighbors and friends the latest news concerning her daughters and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phyllis loved being together for BBQs and lobster bakes, as long as her family was there. She loved to read and usually had a good circulation of books 'on the go'. Phyllis loved animals and had many dogs and cats through the years. It wasn't unusual for her to find a stray animal to feed, love and inevitably bring home to adopt. She would always be up for a drive to see the deer and of course a quick stop for ice cream. Other hobbies included baking, cross stitching and knitting. She later volunteered as a driver with Penquis CAP until she was 80.

Phyllis will be lovingly remembered by her brother, Clarence (Betty) Rollins of Ayer, MA; her three daughters, Sharon Smith of Orrington, Debbie Hayes of Brownville, and Koren (Daniel) Barrera of Wiscasset; her step son, Dennis (Elissa) Mowry of Bellingham, WA; her grandchildren, Bonnie Weber of Orrington, Bret Weber of Torrance, CA, James Casper of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Nicholas Paulino of Nobleboro, and Jason Paulino of Cornwall, Prince Edward Island; and 9 great grandchildren.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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