Phyllis Irene Amidon Benton Noble, 92, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Belgrade.
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Phyllis was born Feb. 4, 1920 in Greenfield, Mass. to Aubrey and Ruth (Dennison) Amidon. She lived most of her life in Vermont, graduating from Castleton State College in 1941, and received her special education teaching degree in 1969. She moved to Montana to be with her son, Richard, in 2005.
She worked as a dental assistant, a teacher, and as a Lay Eucharist Ministry and hospice volunteer. She was very active in the elder hostel programs. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Phyllis enjoyed gardening (she always had a big garden!), traveling, and teaching, particularly geography. She also enjoyed reading, knitting, music, writing letters, and hiking. Her largest love in life was her family. She loved being a grandma and mother, and family get-togethers were her favorite activity.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her father, Aubrey Otis Amidon, Sr.; mother, Ruth Freelove Dennison Amidon; son, John Ellsworth Benton; brothers, Winthrop Leonard Amidon and Aubrey Otis Amidon, Jr.; sister, Virginia Amidon (Clark); a stillborn son on Nov. 22, 1949; first husband, James Ellsworth Benton; and second husband, Robert Ackley Noble.
Survivors include her son, Richard Alan (Deborah Cambridge) Benton and their children, James Robert Benton (34), and Julia Shani Benton (28); daughter, Janet Elizabeth Benton Murdoch Ellis and her children, Thaddeus Murdoch (46), Colin Murdoch (42), and Benjamin Ellis (30); and great-grandchildren, Mia Julia Benton Huggins (5) and Croix James Benton Huggins (2).
One of the greatest gifts Phyllis gave us was that, "All people are created equal, black and white, red and yellow."
Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be held in Vermont.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 10, 2012