Meredith, Phyllis Dodge
May 25, 1930 - Jan. 17, 2013
Phyllis Dodge Meredith, 82, our mother, grandmother, and friend to all, died peacefully Thursday, January 17, 2013, in the arms of her daughter, Rachel and son-in-law, Marshall. Phyllis was born May 25, 1930 in East Burke, Vermont. She moved to Hartford, Connecticut after graduating from the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover, New Hampshire as a registered nurse. She later earned her BS in Nursing Education from Central Connecticut State College. Phyllis's career accomplishments span decades from her initial work as a surgical nurse at Hartford Hospital, to staff nurse at the VA Hospital in Rocky Hill, and finally as Director of Nursing at the McLean Home in Simsbury, Connecticut. She was an extremely compassionate caregiver and a highly respected administrator by all who had the privilege of working alongside her. Phyllis also pursued a number of personal goals becoming a Sectional Master in the American Contract Bridge League, a competitive square dancer, and an accomplished photographer winning numerous awards in regional competitions. Her spirited personality and zest for life kept her 'on the move', planning for the next event and making sure that everyone was happy. Mom's professional and personal accomplishments were often unknown to those around her as she was best known for her selfless generosity and support of others. She had a quiet power and grace that was the backbone of our family. Always with an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and loving hands to lift us up, she often put her own feelings on hold to care for others.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Marshall Rowe of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Larry Underwood of North Granby, Connecticut, and four grandchildren, Justin Rowe, Brian Rowe, Christopher Underwood, and Ashley Underwood. She also leaves a devoted four-legged companion, Julia, who brought her tremendous joy every day.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Meredith.
Mom, you have touched our lives in so many ways and left such positive energy with those who knew you; you will be forever with us.
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