Phyllis M. Elston, age 86, of Painted Post, NY passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Steuben Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Bath, NY.
Phyllis was born on September 22, 1931 in Thurston, NY, the daughter of the late Herbert D. and the late Calla B. (Van Vellette) Benedict. She married Clair R. Elston on October 15, 1949 in Painted Post, NY. He predeceased her on February 12, 2005.
She worked as a self-employed housekeeper for various families around the Corning area, retiring with 40 years of service. Phyllis will be remembered for her strong faith. She was a faithful church goer who loved singing hymns and also taught Sunday School for many years. She had a love of nature – enjoying bird watching. Phyllis will be remembered most for her love of family and friends. She was always giving – putting others before herself, especially her children and grandchildren who were her greatest joy.
She is survived by two daughters: Sandra Kilmer of Painted Post, NY, Linda (Michael) Guerrie of Geneva; grandchildren: Lisa (Thomas) McCarthy of Orchard Park, NY, Kevin (Stacy) Ferris of Lindley, NY, Jeffrey (Ana Maria) Edwards of Chantilly, VA, Kimberlee Edwards of Geneva, NY, Marc (Laura) Guerrie of Rochester, NY, Matthew Guerrie of Geneva, NY; great grandchildren: Bryce McCarthy, Kerrigan McCarthy, Macy McCarthy, Eleanora McCarthy, Wyatt Ferris, Carly Ferris, Luke Edwards, Logan Edwards; sister, Shirley Eldridge of Greenville, SC; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Phyllis was predeceased by brothers: Carl, Harold and Robert Benedict; and Sister, Virginia Reed.
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 5 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 2:00 pm, Pastor Ted Brennan officiating. Burial will take place in the family plot in Fairview Cemetery, Lindley, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis' name may be made to: Family Life, Attn: Debbie Fero, PO Box 506, Bath, NY 14810-0506.