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Phyllis Brownell Obituary
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Phyllis Brownell, our most favorite aunt, passed on March 26, 2018.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, on January 21, 1930, she loved Newport, where she worked and lived for 83 years.

She was preceded in death by her father Norman Brownell, mother Laura Rodda Brownell, her half-brother George Toelkin, her sister Norma Schweitzer and her brother Norman (Brownie).

She is survived by her sister, Laura Louis from Gladstone, Michigan, and her cousin Betty Chambers of Newport. She is also survived by her nieces, Jan (Phil) and Laurene (Keith); and by her nephews, John (Mary), Gary (Sally), Wayne (Shelley), Darren, and Mark (Donna) and Julie. Phyllis also has several grandnieces & nephews and great grandnieces & nephews.

Phyllis was a long-time employee at Perrotti's Drug Stores and CVS Pharmacy in Newport. When Phyllis retired in 2005, she was honored as being the longest working employee at CVS Pharmacy nationwide. After retirement she followed Jan and the family to Kingsland, Georgia.

Aunt Phyllis had spent all her holidays with Jan and the family and it just wouldn't be the same without her being with them. Jan invited Aunt Phyllis to move into her home where she would sit at her bay windows and enjoy the views of the country life. She would sit and watch the birds, deer and the occasional wild hog! Aunt Phyllis had an extraordinary influence on all of us nephews and nieces. She introduced us all to the concept of "strap-hangers," a term of endearment for us when we rolled into Newport during the touristy summer months (it is derived from those travelers who held onto the straps in busses and commuter trains).

We were aghast the first time she told us we would be having "stewed bugs and onions" for dinner after pestering our parents about being hungry. In her view, being hungry was a part of life and was no reason for whining. Having said that, she loved flounder and sea scallops. She was a wealth of info about all things Newport. She seemed to know everything about everybody and about all the Newport history. She took us to all the historic sites, the "Cliff Walk," the old mansions, the old stone mill, 1st, 2nd and 3rd beaches, the old Wharves, and hundreds of other local points of interest.

Through her big red signature glasses, she enjoyed watching old cartoons with us, especially her lifelong favorite, Betty Boop. She would also look forward to her near-nightly calls to her sister, Laura. They would play pranks on each other while talking about their lives. Phyllis, if anything, loved a good laugh. Since she was always happy go lucky and attentive to us kids, she was a major role model in our lives. Because of our love and respect for her, Aunt Phyllis' spirit will live on in us every day. She was a joy in our lives - we miss her so. But she would say, "Please don't cry because I'm gone; instead be happy that I was here."

Services were provided by Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home, Brunswick, GA.

Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island at a later date.
Published in Newport Daily News from May 12 to May 15, 2018
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