Phyllis Wilcox (1925 - 2019)

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Obituary

Wilcox, 93 years old, formerly of Bradford, died on April 4, 2019 in Parkland, Florida after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, Brian, three daughters, Audrey, Robin and Marybeth and her son, Andy and his wife, Marianne as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Phyllis was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 17, 1925 to Rose and Theodore (Ted) Kohn. She was predeceased by an older brother, Bobby, who died in 1944 , while serving in the Army Air Force. She married Morris (Dickie) Oxenhorn in 1944. Together they had three children before his death at the age of 41 years in 1961 leaving her with three young children. When her husband became ill, she took classes at Brooklyn College to earn her BA and somehow found time to play on the college tennis team. She graduated at the top of her class in order to earn an income to support her family. In New Hampshire, she honed her writing skills as a writer/contributor for the Concord Monitor. She was a competitive tennis player well into her eighties.

Three years after the death of her husband, Phyllis married a childhood sweetheart, Ed Lapin. They welcomed a daughter, Marybeth, in 1965. After divorcing, Phyllis married Brian Wilcox and moved to Bradford and after many years, retired to Parkland, Florida in 2016.

Phyllis loved reading, tennis, music and playing the piano to students of all ages and managed an Adult Literacy Program that gave new help to adults who were unable to read. She gave her time and energy to many Bradford projects including efforts to restore the town hall, chair of the Bradford Community Center, writing for many years for the Bradford Bridge and supporting the Brown Memorial Library. She was a talented, witty and loving friend who has left behind an adoring husband and children she deeply loved and of whom she was proud. She suffered many tragedies in her long life and was a dear and treasured friend by those who knew her best. Rest in Peace, dear Phyllis. We will never forget you.
Published in The Concord Monitor on May 15, 2019
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