MeaningfulFunerals - 11:33 am Fri Nov 7th, 2014
Phyllis Walbridge McPherson, 103, of Montpelier, died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Rowan Court in Barre.
Phyllis was born on July 26, 1911 in Wrightsville, VT, the second of nine children of Lumina (Jary) Walbridge and Guy Walbridge.
She attended St. Michael's Elementary School in Montpelier and graduated from Cathedral High School in Burlington in 1929. Afterward, she sold tickets at the Paramount Theater in Barre and waitressed at the Barre Restaurant. Phyllis retired in the early 1970's after working for the State of Vermont for 40 years, mostly in Social Welfare Department. In 1945, Phyllis married Wilfred "Tiff" McPherson of Marshfield. They enjoyed dancing, camping and skiing with friends on Mt. Mansfield through the early years.
Devoted to her large family, Phyllis loved being part of the gatherings and activities. There was an abundance of parties, summer trips to Number 10 Pond for reunions and travel to pray and picnic at her beloved St Anne's Shrine in Isle LaMotte.
Even in their 80's, she and her sisters could always be found in their folding chairs at nephews' softball games loyally rooting for the "kids." They also enjoyed making the rounds to local plays, concerts, and chicken pie suppers all over Central Vermont.
Phyllis was very proud of being a Vermonter. Whenever she was with her daughter and family in Connecticut, she seized the opportunity to tell people, "I'm from Vermont!" After her husband died in 1972, she continued to live in her home at 43 Summer Street in Montpelier for 23 years. She could always be found there painting her porch or tending her driveway garden of black eyed susans. Phyllis loved the four seasons in VT but enjoyed the winter most of all, especially getting outside to shovel "beautiful" snow after a big storm.
Even in the coldest winter weather she could be seen walking downtown for daily Mass at St. Augustine's and shopping along the way home, filling her "Cadillac" cart with groceries and supplies.
After a debilitating stroke in 2004 and several months of healing therapy, Phyllis resided at Fortier's Community Care Home in Barre. Eventually, still determined to live independently, she moved to an apartment at The Pioneer in Montpelier with the help of her family and caregivers from Central Vermont Home Health.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra McGrath and her husband Donald of South Yarmouth, MA; her grandsons, Patrick McGrath of Dennisport, MA, Brian and wife Meredyth McGrath of Medford, MA; great grandchildren, Ashley, Brady, and Colin McGrath also of Medford, and many loving nieces, nephews and a special friend Jeremy.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Carroll, Charles, Leroy, and Phillip Walbridge, and her sisters, Elizabeth Plude, Angela Quaranta, Beulah Lewis, and Winona Walbridge.
There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at St. Augustine's Church.
Contributions in her memory may be made to St Anne's Shrine, PO Box 280, Isle La Motte, VT 05463 or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Isle La Motte, VT 05463 (Set as Local)
Marshfield, VT 05658 (Set as Local)
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)
Burlington, VT 05401 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)