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Phyllis B. (Garrette) Hills

Phyllis B. (Garrette) Hills, 88, of High Street, Ipswich, died November 28, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Lester I. Hills, who died in June 1992.

She was born August 23, 1925 in Gloucester, the daughter of Harry E. and Lena H. (Gould) Garrette. A lifelong resident of High Street, she attended Ipswich schools and during World War II worked at Sylvania in Ipswich on the highly classified proximity fuse project, a secret she proudly kept for the rest of her life. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church and Our Lady of Hope Parish, and for many years she and her husband were active with their Couples Club. For almost twenty years she bowled with the Monday Morning Breakfast League, an activity that brought her great pleasure.

A devoted mother and homemaker, her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She is survived by six children and their spouses, Nancy and George Tougas of Ipswich, Janet Mackay-Smith and Meredith Fine of Gloucester, Garrison and Mary Jean Hills of Arizona, Kimberly and Robert Porter of Ipswich, Thomas and Pamela Hills of Hamilton, and Angela and Paul Boudreau of Cumming, GA; her grandchildren, Carolyn Savio, Leslie Collins, Jennifer Tougas, Gillian and Hillary Mackay-Smith,  Emily Hills, Kayleigh Hills, Sarah and Lindsay Boudreau; three great-grandchildren, Brendan and Ashley Collins and Michael Savio, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Phillip Garrette, formerly of Ipswich.

Her funeral services will be held Monday 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by the Celebration of a Funeral Mass at 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours are Sunday 3 to 7 pm. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in her name to  the Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology, c/o MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.


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