Phyllis Myrtel Taylor Smith
BETHEL -- Phyllis Myrtel Taylor Smith, 98, of Bethel died at her Vernon Street residence on July 26, 2013.
She was born at Turner on July 24, 1915, the daughter of Olin Taylor and Pearl Hinds Taylor. Phyllis was educated in Auburn schools and graduated from Webster School.
Her father was a sawyer at a lumber mill and her mother was the cook for the mill crew. Their daughter, Phyllis was born in the lumber camp.
She married Jason G. Smith Jr of South Paris in Mechanic Falls on September 23, 1933, Jason died on February 13, 1997 after 63 years of marriage. Phyllis enjoyed traveling and had travelled to all the continental United States and Canada.
She was a past member of the Eleanor Gordon Guild at the Bethel United Methodist Church and had been a Cub Scout Den Mother having her sons in her group. She helped her three sons to learn to shoot, hunt and brook fish. She was famous for her homemade biscuits and she did a lot of chores when they lived on a farm in New Gloucester and Leeds.
She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Cross of Bethel; two sons, Gerald (Jeri) Smith and his wife, Jane of Fryeburg, and Larry G. Smith Jr., whom she lived with of Bethel; 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; one brother, Edward Taylor and his wife, Anita of Greene; a sister, Joyce King of Greene; a cousin, Pauline Hinds of Auburn, as well as an ex-daughter-in-law Betty Smith of Bethel; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jason; one son, Nelson O. Smith; son-in-law, Norton L. Cross; two brothers, Owen Taylor and Sumner Taylor; three sisters, Arlene Johnson, Doris Langelier and Helen Chicoine; and her parents.
The family extends their gratitude to everyone that has given her care or aided her. She appreciated anyone that visited or called or sent cards. Phyllis really loved family reunions and the love shown her at birthday celebrations. We thank you for all your prayers and thinking of our family at this time. So many special people gave her loving care. Our mother would say “Thank you to all and I love you! Until we unite in Heaven.”
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethel Alliance Church, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, West Bethel.