Phyllis Haskell Grant


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Hamdpen - On Thursday, August 15, 2019, Phyllis Haskell Grant, loving wife and mother of two, passed away at the age of 90.
Phyllis was born to Mary and Almon Haskell on October 10, 1928. She graduated from Bangor High School in 1947. In 1948 she married Harold Dean Grant. Together, they raised two daughters, Laurel Tibbals and Shelly Beals, who went on to give them four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Tiny in stature but mighty in spirit, Phyllis spent her entire career at the Bangor Savings Bank, and was known for delighting co-workers and customers alike. A prolific knitter and talented seamstress, Phyllis strongly believed in the value of making one's own clothes. She was also adept at spinning yarns of a different kind, and as a dyed-in-the-wool storyteller, she charmingly blurred the lines between truth and fiction. However, there is one undeniable fact that cannot be argued: She made the world's best Whoopie pies. (Phyllis' surviving family has pledged that any disputes on this point will result in "being taken outside.")
Among her many talents, Phyllis was an avid gardener. She loved to make things grow, was especially fond of her lilies and orchids, and was always happy to let her grandchildren decimate her crop of peas and green beans. Her passion for greenery also made her an an avid climber of trees, until a few years ago, when her doctor politely requested she stop.
Phyllis adored her family so much so that she would leave Maine for five months during the winter to camp in Arizona with her camping family. She openly admitted to missing her calling as a cowgirl.
She also loved her daily "tea time," even though her version of "tea" was Seagrams and water. As one of many trailblazing discoveries, Phyllis inadvertently created a drink called the "Wham" when one of her grandchildren snuck a piece of ham into her whiskey without her noticing.
Phyllis was the caretaker of the world famous junk drawer, which delighted and entertained generations of amateur archaeologists and treasure seekers.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by her brothers, Percy, Bill, and Alfred Haskell; her beloved sister and best friend, Rosemary King, and her husband, Carlton; her son-in-law, Andrew Tibbals; and her dear friends and camping buddies, Kate and Rollie Chesley, and Carolyn and Wendell Hanscom. She is survived by her husband, Harold Grant; her daughters, Laurel Tibbals, Shelly Beals and husband, Brian; four grandchildren, Aaron Webber, Kyle Webber, Carissa Look, and Grant Beals; and three great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Look, Coen Webber, and Faye Webber.
A memorial reception to celebrate Phyllis's life will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden. "Tea time" will be encouraged. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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Published on August 16, 2019
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Terry Ring
Aug 22, 2019
Dear Laurel and Shelley, May the beautiful memories you hold dear in your hearts bring some comfort to you during this time of loss.
Edward & Margaret Youngblood
Aug 19, 2019
Rest In Peace Phyllis, it is with fond memories of working with you at Bangor Savings Bank for many years that we remember you. Sincere condolences to your family. So sorry for your loss.
Stephanie BEALSte
Aug 17, 2019
Sincere condolences 🙏 Phyllis was a very nice lady .She will be missed Stephanie Beals
Sharon Folsom Jellison
Aug 17, 2019
Such a lovely obituary! Wish I had known her!!! (Carolyn was my cousin)
Sharon Folsom Jellison
Aug 17, 2019
Such a lovely obituary! Wish I had known her!!! (Carolyn was my cousin)
Thelma Hardy Brunner
Aug 17, 2019
Although in later years, we only saw each other a couple of times a year, in my heart she was my oldest, dearest friend. It was in 1936 that our family moved to Orrington and Phyllis and Bill appeared at our door to show us around the neighborhood. We shared our lives until I moved to Pa. in 1973 Long telephone calls kept us up to date and the memories from years of sharing good times and bad times always kept us close. It's hard to believe she has actually left us.
Gregg Hanscom
Aug 17, 2019
Philly and her red hotdogs... I enjoyed cooking them for her over the fire - simply burn the color off to a hotdog-shaped piece of coal... what a smile and giggle and always excited to see Charlie and know what he’s up to. Camping will never be the same without the gang... Tea Time in heaven at 4:00 - cheers! Prayers for God’s comfort for Shelly, Laurel and the entire family. We will see you around the campfire and remember and laugh about them all!
Love, Gregg.
Judy Morang Ford
Aug 17, 2019
I enjoyed several years working with Phyllis at the Bank. I am so sorry for your loss.
Susan Shorey
Aug 16, 2019
I worked with Phyllis for many years at Bangor Savings Bank. She was the most delightful woman. She was very funny and was fun to be around. She was dedicated to her work and spoke of her children and grandchildren often. She will be sadly missed by all I'm sure.
Lynda Ingraham
Aug 16, 2019
Shelly and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.
Vicki Brookings
Aug 16, 2019
Uncle Dean, Laurel, Shelly and families, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Aunt Philly. I have so many early memories of her and always felt special when I was in her (your) home. She will always hold a special place in my heart and will be so missed. Sending loving thoughts to all of you . With love, Vicki