Beverly J. Phillips

June 12, 2012

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  —  Beverly J. Phillips, 85, died Saturday, June 9, at Country Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Carthage, where she had resided since 2006. 

She was also formerly of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., from 1975 to 1995, Flushing, Long Island from 1955 to 1975, and Balmat, N.Y. In January 1995, she moved to Watertown.

Born June 25, 1926, in Watertown, the daughter of the Clarence L. and Ruth Whitford Schell, she graduated from Gouverneur High School. She also attended business school in Watertown and worked for a brief time at New York Air Brake where she met her husband.

She married John “Jack” Phillips of Watertown. Mr. Phillips died Oct. 31, 1999.

Mrs. Phillips enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, cross stitch, stain glass, crocheting, yachting, traveling, her pets, and spending time with her husband with their boat and car collection. 

She especially enjoyed spending summers at their cottage at Lake Bonaparte. 

Beverly was a devoted wife, sister, stepmother, aunt and friend.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Lou Coyle, Glen Park, and her companion, Francis Jenness; three stepdaughters and their husbands, Patricia A. and Vincent Bellina, West Milford, N.J., Carolyn E. and Timothy Knight, Berryville, Va., and Mary Catherine and Earl Ervay, Fairport, N.Y.; a nephew, Michael Bigarel; two nieces, Sherrie Bigarel Williams and Rosemary Deusser Jensen; many step grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville.

Calling hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday prior to the funeral.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York, 120 Washington Street, Watertown, NY, 13601.

Condolences may be made online at  

Information provided by Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc. and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.