EASTHAMPTON - Phyllis (Skeath) Sturges, 91, of Truehart Drive in Easthampton, died peacefully Friday, June 13, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Karen and Gilbert Bolduc in Chicopee, where she resided since 2011.
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She was born Feb. 28, 1923, in St. Helens, Lancashire, England, and was the youngest of 11 children, to the late Edward and Elizabeth (Cliffe) Skeath. Phyllis was educated in England and attended high school there before entering the work force during World War II.
In 1944 she met the love of her life Francis ""Bud"" P. Sturges, a United States Army serviceman stationed in England. They were married Sept. 2, 1944, in St. Helens, England. Phyllis came to the United States aboard the Queen Mary into New York Harbor in 1945 with her newborn son Alan, along with many World War II brides. She was nationalized as a United States citizen Oct. 10, 1955. They celebrated 59 years of marriage together before his death Jan. 13, 2004.
Phyllis loved her home, taking care of her yard and family. She enjoyed cooking, baking and was the number one fan and supporter at many of her grandchildren's sporting events, often you would find her in the stands cheering them on.
She is survived by one son, Alan F. Sturges of Easthampton; one daughter and son-in-law Karen A. Bolduc and husband Gilbert of Chicopee; five grandchildren, Marc Bolduc, Ryan Bolduc, Cheryl Sturges, James Sturges, and Michelle Sturges; and three great-grandchildren, Luke, Eli and Isabelle; and many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband and her 10 brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Adams St., Easthampton, who has been entrusted with providing for Phyllis's care and services. Services and burial at the Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial gifts are requested to the Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, P.O. Box 9058, Springfield, MA 01102.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from June 16 to June 17, 2014
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