Phyllis E. Devlin, of Dade City Florida, formerly of New Hampshire, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 19, 2019, at the age of 74.
She was born on August 3, 1944, in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Henry and Sarah Margaret Ricker. Phyllis married her late high school sweetheart, Robert N. Devlin on April 24, 1965, and together they had two beautiful daughters. They raised their family at West Point, New York where Bob was a career musician with the USMA Band and Phyllis worked for General Goodpaster, (USMA Superintendent), as an event coordinator. She also worked at the USMA Post Exchange where she received multiple excellence awards for her outstanding service. In 1995 they retired and relocated to NH where she worked in a family friend's jewelry store for a few years and Crotched Mountain Foundation, a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities.
Phyllis is survived by her daughters Christine (Devlin) Colpitts and Lisa (Devlin) Putnam and their children, Sydnee, Madison, Oliver, Levi, and Sawyer. She is also survived by her sister Peggy Langevin, two sons-in-law, Jim Colpitts and Jim Putnam, and many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Sarah Margaret, step-mother Jessie Ricker, and her husband, Robert Devlin.
In 2005, shortly after the unexpected loss of her husband, she received a devastating diagnosis with six months to live. During the following fifteen years, she exemplified courage and tenacity defying the odds and amazing her doctors. Phyllis was an encourager and an overcomer who persevered through difficulties in life having lost her mother at the tender age of ten. Her greatest gift was her ability to be an excellent mother in spite of the absence of her own. She always said her greatest accomplishment was raising her daughters, and her greatest blessings were her grandchildren.
She was selfless and had a gentle spirit. Her belief in herself seemed understated. She walked humbly and joyfully in her faith-filled life serving the community while spreading kindness wherever she went. She was an incredible hostess, enjoyed interior decorating, had an eye for detail, and had the cleanest home in town. Most often you would find all the children in the neighborhood at her back door looking for sweet treats.
While living at West Point, Phyllis often held gatherings after church on Sundays where she would host cadets and friends. There was always lively music and enough food to feed an â€œARMYâ€! Everyone eagerly awaited the moment when she would stop serving her guests, grab her tambourine and join in the jam session. Her zest for life was infectious and contagious!
She excelled in motherhood and was a nurturer by nature. Her thoughtfulness and her ability to love others well was what attracted people to her and she became a mother to the motherless throughout her days.
Let your life be your best message.
In honor of her request, no funeral service was held and cremation has taken place.
To carry her Legacy of Kindness we have created a Facebook page, Phylâ€™s Pen . Please visit!