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Phyllis Birtwell

d. April 17, 2020

Phyllis Marilyn (Cain) Birtwell, born in Boston on February 25, 1928 to George Douglas Cain and Caryl Howes Cain of Weymouth and died on April 17th, 2020 of COVID-19. Phyllis was raised in Weymouth where she was a graduate of Weymouth High School class of 1945. After high school she entered the Nursing Cadet program and graduated 1949 from Cambridge City Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her Registered Nursing degree. Phyllis was employed as a registered nurse in Braintree for many years.

Phyllis was a member of the Rainbow Girls, Weymouth Assembly and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Weymouth. She was a descendant (12th generation) of the Mayflower and Thomas Howes, founder of the Town of Yarmouth, MA. Her hobbies were reading, attending ceramic classes, and traveling.

Phyllis was a long-time resident of Braintree and Whitman. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Frederick (Fred) Birtwell. She is survived by her six children, Frederick Birtwell Jr., Whitman MA, Leslie Pearce, Whitman MA, Philip Birtwell, (Joyce) Port Orange FL, Gary Birtwell (Margaret), Abington MA, Dianne Hoffman, (Kevin) Topsham, ME, David Birtwell (Michele), Taunton, MA, and brother David Cain, Santa Paula, CA.
Phyllis is survived by her eight grandchildren; Samantha Birtwell, Pawtucket RI, Heather Nikolayenko, North Attleboro, MA, Sarah Conroy, Cohasset, MA, Amanda Larkin, Topsham, ME, Melanie Hoffman, Freeport, ME, Lindsey McGarvey, Freeport, ME, Derek Birtwell, Taunton MA, Rachel Birtwell, Taunton, MA. Three great grandchildren: Eoin Houlihan, Cohasset, MA, Madelynn Larkin, Topsham ME and Jaxson Larkin, Topsham, ME. Phyllis is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Phyllis is predeceased by her brother George (Buddy) Cain, her sister Mildred Donnellan and son-in-law Richard (Dick) Pearce.

A celebration of life for Phyllis is TBA.

Donations in memory of Phyllis can be made to: The Alzheimer’s Assoc, 225 N Michigan Ave FL17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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