Likens, Phyllis Irene Craig
Candor: Phyllis Irene Craig Likens died peacefully at home on December 19, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Gene E. Likens of Clinton Corners, NY; daughters Heather Toyryla Dahl of Rhinebeck, NY, Leslie Likens Armbruster (Mitch) of Apex, NC, Kathy Likens Carapetyan (Ron) of Apex, NC, and son Gregory Likens (Michele) of Brewster, NY. Her seven beloved grandchildren, Sierra, Maxwell, Samuel, Joseph, Noah, Louis and Jason were the apples of her eye. She also is survived by her mother, Irene Craig, and two sisters, Diane Craig and Lynn Craig of Candor, NY. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas R. Craig; two brothers, Thomas M. Craig, Richard E. Craig, and her sister, Corinne Craig Howe. Phyllis was born in Binghamton, NY on September 23, 1951. After graduating from Candor Central School District in 1969 (captain of the cheerleading team), she attended Bryant and Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo. She worked at Cornell University and the Institute of Ecosystem Studies for more than 40 years, and was renowned for her typing and administrative skills. She loved chocolate, a glass of wine, birds (with a keen eye for spotting them), fishing, canoeing, photography, and reading. She traveled widely with her husband and enjoyed gardening including as President of Dutchess Garden Study Club in 1993-1995. She will be fondly remembered for her many contributions to the internationally recognized Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in the White Mountains of NH. Numerous friends from around the world reached out to her during her prolonged illness. Her passing leaves the world a greatly diminished place, but her indefatigable spirit, caring nature, laughter and sense of humor will live on. Calling hours will be on Sunday December 28 from 6-8pm at Allen Funeral Home, 3270 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, NY. A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Monday December 29 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hartford Health Care at Home-Hospice, 34 Ledgebrook Dr., Mansfield, CT 06250.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, 2014.