Phyllis was born in Reading on August 7, 1929, she was the dear daughter of the late Gilman and May (Hickman) Benson. Phyllis was raised in Reading and Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School.
Phyllis lived in North Reading and Billerica for many years where she raised her family before moving to Wilmington and then finally retiring and moving back to Billerica.
Prior to retiring, Phyllis worked as a waitress and a hostess at Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading for many years and a hostess at Stelio’s Restaurant in Wilmington; she had an upbeat personality and sense of humor that were quite an asset to her job. Phyllis made countless life-long friends with her co-workers and patrons over the years.
Phyllis will be fondly remembered for her love and devotion to her family, she cherished every moment spent with them and made sure to speak to them every day. Phyllis loved to spend summers camping in Naples, Maine with the family, she enjoyed every family holiday, celebration, and loved to cook for everyone. Phyllis was a “character”, who could speak her mind, she loved to “hang” with everyone and she truly loved her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late Jack Campbell, devoted mother of Donna Hubbard & her husband John of Haverhill formerly of Reading, Jeanette Norton & her husband George of The Villages, FL formerly of Billerica, Phyllis Shelley & her significant other Robert Dufrense of Chelmsford, Joyce Nicoletti & her husband Michael of Nashville, TN, Jack Campbell & his wife Daryl of Lowell, and Jeffrey Campbell & his wife Karen of Billerica, loving grandmother of Nicole Andrews, Tracy Devine & her husband Patrick, Jennifer Rabuffo & her husband Michael, James Norton & his wife Nicole, Jeffrey Norton & his wife Tina, Jody Norton & his wife Nicole, Jay Michael Norton, Steven Shelley & his wife Christine, Kristin Charlton & her husband Edward, Jacqueline Neal & her husband Clark, Michael Nicoletti, Elizabeth McKeil & her husband Greg, Samantha Campbell, Amanda Campbell, Alexandra Campbell, Abigail Campbell, and great-grandchildren Bradley, Hunter, Sydney, Campbell, Trey, Bayleigh Rose, Mallory, Korin, Linus, Kayla, Drew, Peter James, Lily, Caroline, Addison, Gabriella, Nathan, McKenzie, Hannah, and Chelsey, cherished daughter of the late Gilman and May (Hickman) Benson, dear sister of the late Barbara Barber. Phyllis is also survived by her companion Charles Duffy of Billerica.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, January 3rd at 12:00 noon in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment to follow in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 2nd from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Phyllis’ name may be made to D’Youville Senior Care, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854.