Date of Birth May 6, 1946
Date Deceased May 11, 2023
Hometown Painted Post
Home State N.Y.
Service Date May 19, 2023
Service Time 1 p.m.
Service Location Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Avoca
Interment Location Seaman Cemetery, Savona

Phyllis S. Edwards

On Thursday, May 11th, 2023, Phyllis S. Edwards, beloved wife, mother, family member, and
friend passed peacefully, while surrounded by friends and family at the age of seventy-seven.
Born in Bath, NY, on May 6, 1946, Phyllis graduated from Savona School in 1964. After which, she went to St. James Mercy Nursing School to become a Registered Nurse. She then worked for Corning Hospital until 2011. During this time, she met and married her husband, Gregory, on June 8, 1968. They were together for nearly fifty-five years.
Phyllis was well known for her love of caring for people and volunteered her nursing skills to the Wine Glass Marathon and The CB Jamboree events. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her hobbies included crocheting and ceramics. Phyllis was a member of her local Moose Club and the CB Jamboree Campground where she spent many summers relaxing and enjoying the company of her friends and family.
Phyllis was predeceased by the love of her life, Gregory Edwards; her mother, Ethelyn Smith; father, Elmer Smith; sister-in-law, Doris Smith; brother-in-law, Theodore Dickerson and her beloved dog, Poncho. She is survived by and will live on in the loving memory of her daughter, Stephanie A. Edwards (Doan); son-in-law, Timothy Doan; grandchildren, Emily Doan, Jacob Doan, and Hannah Swimley; brother, Phillip Smith; sister-in-law, Ann (Edwards) Dickerson;
brother-in-law, Thomas Edwards; sister-in-law, Judy Edwards; nieces, and their families Daniel Smith, Sasha Smith, Wendy Wright, Kristina Carr, Alan Osborne,  Nathan Carr, Kim Edwards-Potter, Jason Potter, Keirstyn Edwards, Jordan Potter; Rebecca (Edwards) Copp, Joshua Copp, BraedynCopp, Cara Copp; and Lauren Edwards; also lifelong friends, Carol Marribitt, Sharon Dempster, Bonnie Coonan and Ruth Earl.
Services will be held at the Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St. in Avoca, NY on Friday, May 19, 2023. Calling hours will be from 11am to 1pm, followed by the funeral at 1pm. Interment will be a private affair held for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send donations to CareFirst NY at in thanks of the wonderful care she received.

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Phyllis’ family with the arrangements.

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  1. Simply said, I truly loved and admired Phyllis.
    We worked side by side for a number of years, and while there were wonderful nurses around us, there were none better than Phyllis. She just had an uncanny way of “knowing” what was needed, both in simple ways and in the most complicated of situations.
    Always the good nurse, she was a better friend. We would lose contact for periods of time, but when we reconnected, it was like no time had passed. Somehow fate had me coming to Corning just as she became so very ill. It almost didn’t happen because I couldn’t get through to her by phone. I decided to get bold and just knocked on her door, unannounced. She had had a turn for the worse the night before. Nevertheless, during our brief visit, I was able to tell her how much she has meant to me, hug her, and give her my love. Yes, I feel so very blessed to have had that opportunity and I know that Phyllis gave her “everything” so that it happened. That was Phyllis!

  2. Dear Tom,Judy, Ann and family, Sorry to read of another loss to your family. Sincerely, Donna Miller

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