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WILLSON, Phyllis (Ellis)

WILLSON, Phyllis (Ellis)

WILLSON - Phyllis (nee Ellis) Of Eden, NY entered into rest March 17, 2016, age 96; wife of the late Colonel C. Ross Willson; mother of the late James D. (Susan) Burdick; daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Catherine Ellis; sister of Josephine (late Matthew) Pellitier, Norma (late Walter) Zimdahl and the late Joseph Jr. (late Jean) Ellis, late Anthony (Joyce) Ellis, late Rose Ann (late Adolph) Krueger and late Lucille Mack; aunt of Rebecca Crosby, J. Scott (Bonnie) Ellis, Anthony F. Ellis, Kathy (John) Nerger, Gina (Jeffrey) Truby, Catherine (Richard) Rogers, Christina (Christopher) LeRoy, Stephen Ellis, Gary (Marcie) Krueger and Toni (Gordon) Crawford. Phyllis was a graduate of Angola High School and SUNY Fredonia where she earned her B.S. Degree in Education. She also studied at Cornell and St. Bonaventure Universities. Phyllis and her husband were instrumental in establishing several scholarships at SUNY Fredonia and has been honored on several occasions for her generosity. Over her 42 year teaching career she taught at Holland, Bolivar and Lake Shore Central Schools, retiring in 1981. Memberships included Lake Shore Retired Teachers Association, New York State Retired Teachers Association, South Towns Retired Teachers Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Association for University Women, Eden Historical Society, Eden American Legion Auxiliary, Eden Women's Bowling League and the L.K. Painter Community Center. Family will be present to receive friends Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9 to 10 AM in the ADDISON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 262 N. Main Street, Angola NY where services will follow at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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