Phyllis R. Garrett

February 22nd, 2021

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.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Phyllis R. Garrett”

  1. Pat & Bob Lindquist says:

    Phyllis Garrett was one of the most lovely women we ever met. She was a down to earth, but elegant soul, who took you in with open arms whether she knew you well or not. Remarkably, she weathered many a health crisis in recent years, but couldn’t be defeated! At 99, it must have been time to go Home…where there is great rejoicing! She will be warmly remembered.

  2. Lennie Malvone says:

    Dear Beverly, Judy , and Holly. I cant tell you how sorry I was to hear of your moms passing.To say she was a wonderful person would not do Justice to her memory . She truly was a person who saw the good in every human being she met, . I will ALWAYS remember how she greeted and treated Rosemary ,myself and Later Lucille , always a kind word a hug and a smile she made us feel so welcomed . I will miss her but cherish the time I knew her . Take solace in the fact that she is with dad in heaven You all are in our prayers.

  3. Deb Arnold says:

    Dear Beverly,Holly and family, my deepest condolences to you. Phyllis was such a pleasant soul and my pleasure to take care of. “You always know what to do” she would say to me when I set up her meals. She was truly a joy. You will now and forever have an angel on your shoulders and in your heart.
    Much love, Your Birch Deb????

  4. Deb Arnold says:

    Dear Beverly,Holly and family, my deepest condolences to you. Phyllis was such a pleasant soul and my pleasure to take care of. “You always know what to do” she would say to me when I set up her meals. She was truly a joy. You will now and forever have an angel on your shoulders and in your heart.
    Much love, Your Birch Deb

  5. Dawn Pantano says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. I know how much she was loved and cherished. I only had the pleasure of meeting her a few times but she was one of the happiest people I have ever met. So uplifting and inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Kathy Boylen says:

    Holly, Judy , Bev and the entire family are so sorry to hear that your mother passed away. She was the best neighbor for about 60 years. She always was so sweet and caring. Even making sure we had lunch as little kids while playing outside. We miss meeting her at the Garden Gate as she called it. Trading sweets and nice chats. We always watched out for each other waving from family room every night at 11pm just to check in and say goodnight.
    My mother loved seeing her at her new home until this pandemic hit but they still talked on the phone. She will be missed by so many people.

  7. Carlton Chin says:

    Dear Holly and family,
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beautiful mom.

  8. Barbara Parker MacKenzie says:

    To Beverly,Judy,& Holly, I send my deepest condolences. Phyllis was one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. I loved her dearly as did my mom Doris.She always added fun and laughter to our family gatherings ,I feel blessed to have had her in my life. With Love Barbara

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