MILTON – Phyllis Mae (Ryan) Everest, 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Phyllis was born on Dec. 13, 1924 in St. Albans, the daughter of Ralph and Ella (Shore) Ryan. She graduated from Milton High School Class of 1942 as class valedictorian.
On June 20, 1944, she married the love of her life, Herb Everest. They settled on the Everest family farm, and she continued to work at her family-owned business, Ryan’s Market. Phyllis later worked as a postal clerk and substitute carrier at the Milton Post Office, retiring in 1990.
She enjoyed sugaring, deer hunting, car racing, riding her 4-wheeler, and she especially enjoyed many rides to Everest Beach nightly on the golf cart. Phyllis enjoyed working with Herb in the fall of the year, as she loved driving the truck for Herb while he was chopping corn. She was a loyal, lifelong Democrat. She was proud to be at the victory party for Phil Hoff, when a piano was rolled out onto South Prospect Street at his home, in celebration of his election as Vermont’s first Democratic governor in Vermont in 100 years.
Phyllis is survived by her two loving daughters Amy Morway and her partner, Mike Duffy; and Laurie Scott all of Milton; and by her sister, Mary Barrett, of Queensbury, N.Y. She was a devoted grandmother to her grandchildren Beth Morway, Kyle Morway and his wife, Jill; Kevin Morway and his wife, Dominique; and Alicia and Jason Scott, all of Milton. She also leaves her great grandchildren Alyssa Morway, Hayley Wilson, Christina Wilson, Jackson, Anthony and Mason and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Herb, in 1997; by her brother Duane Ryan, sister Allison Smith, sisters-in-law Betty Sweeney and Barb Ryan; by brothers-in-law Millard Smith, Edward Barrett, Robert Everest; by sons-in-law Hubert “Zip” Morway and Rick Scott; and by her nephew Brad Ryan.
For those who wish, memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to either the VNA Hospice, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT, 05446; the Milton Community Center Food Shelf, P.O. Box 619, Milton, VT 05468; or to the Milton Historical Society, 13 School St., Milton, VT 05468.
The Everest family would like to extend a special thanks to VNA Hospice team, Betsey and Melinda and Dr. Marie Sandoval for their excellent compassion and caring.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., at her home on 3 Beach Rd. in Milton.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Milton with burial following in the Milton Village Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.