Phyllis was born in Chelsea on July 6, 1932, to the late Winifred N. Pitman Kay. She was raised in Natick by her late Aunt Frieda and Uncle Albert Morris. She was married to the late Richard L.P. Johnson, February 17, 1949. They lived in the South End of Boston, where they raised their 6 children before moving to Plymouth around 1983. Phyllis was the loving mother of James L. Johnson and his wife Dorothy of Mansfield, Deborah L.J. Yee of Plymouth, Scott E. Johnson and his wife Jannette of Plymouth, and Mark S. Johnson of Dunnellon, FL. She was preceded in death by two sons, Richard T. Johnson and Christopher J. Johnson. Phyllis was blessed to have connected with her sister, the late Winifred Martin later in her life. She also leaves behind many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Phyllis worked at the Boston City Hospital for many years before deciding to get her GED and go to nursing school at the age of 50. She graduated from the Boston City School of Practical Nursing. Phyllis believed in the phrase “You get out of life what you put into it.” She did not waste time complaining about being poor or the lack of a good education growing up, instead, she taught herself the things she needed to know to better her life and those around her.
If you had the good fortune to know Phyllis, then you know she had an extraordinarily strong sense of right and wrong. She was very passionate about things, which could have easily been mistaken for a bad temper. She was not the sort of person who could walk away from any type of injustice without acting to correct it. Everyone who came to her home became family.
Phyllis finally retired from her nursing career at the Newfield House Nursing Home. She had been living in the warm and sunny Dunnellon, FL for the past 10 years. The last 4 years she was happy to have Ann and Steve Terpstra live with her, to help as needed. Phyllis was able to return home to MA for her final days.
The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, and prayers. A Burial and Celebration of Life will take place in July or August 2022. The date is yet to be determined. Services were entrusted to the care of the Cartmell-Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home, Plymouth. For more information or to sign the online guestbook please visit www.cartmelldavis.com.