Phyllis M. (Duncan) Russell,81 of Andover, MA passed on Monday June 8, 2020 at her home surrounded by loving family. Mrs. Russell was born in Lawrence, MA and educated in Methuen, MA. Phyllis attended Dean Junior College and then married Warren E. Russell in 1958. Together they raised 2 boys living in Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, and New Jersey. Phyllis’ work career was both diverse and entrepreneurial. She worked at Snelling and Snelling as a placement counselor where she earned the “Presidents Club Award”. She then worked in the New Jersey prison system placing parolees into jobs. Phyllis then moved back to Massachusetts where she was a partner in the Real Estate Firm “Russell & Associates and then was a cofounder of “Creative Gift Baskets”. The job that she liked the most was working with the children in the lunchroom in the Andover Elementary schools.
Besides Phyllis’ love for family was her love for church. She attended the Ballardvale United church in Andover, MA where she was an active member of the woman’s guild.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Warren E. Russell, her father Dr. Frank Duncan, her mother Mildred Duncan, and her brother Ralph B. Duncan. She also leaves behind her son James S. Russell of North Adams MA, her son Stephen A. Russell and his wife Teressa A. Russell of Las Vegas, NV, and her 3 grandsons Duncan, Mitchell and Joseph.
The family invites all to a graveside service practicing social distancing and proper precautions to be held on Friday June 19, 2020 at 1pm in Spring Grove Cemetery, 5 Spring Grove Rd, Andover MA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Ballardvale United Church Woman’s Guild, 23 Clark Rd., Andover, MA 01810. To leave an online condolence, please visit Phyllis’s tribute page at www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com
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