Phyllis S.'s Story
Phyllis S. (Thompson) Andrewes, wife of William Andrewes, passed peacefully on Monday, September 25, 2017, at her home in Gloucester surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Gloucester on May 1, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Suzanne D. (Wonson) Thompson. She attended local schools and graduated from Gloucester High School with the Class of 1947.
Her family were among the earliest settlers of Cape Ann including her great-great-grandfather, Samuel Wonson who was the first Light House Keeper on Eastern Point and her great-grandfather, Robert Fears was the first Mayor of Gloucester.
After high school, Phyllis worked for New England Telephone until its closing. She and Bill wed on November 12, 1950, and built a home on the Little River in West Gloucester where they raised their three daughters.
Phyllis was a devoted wife. She and Bill travelled extensively during their 66 years of marriage, and they enjoyed many weekends at their second home in New Hampshire.
They were avid boaters and spent many a summer day anchored off Wingaersheek and Cranes Beach. Phyllis was also a very devoted mother and grandmother.
In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by her daughters, Susan M. Cain and husband, Timothy, Nancy Mertens and significant other, James Rowley, Julie Brighi and significant other, Thomas Hill; her grandchildren, William Mertens, Daniel Mertens and wife, Janet, Andrew Scola and wife, Lilly, Jamie Hurd and husband, Jacob, Michelle Cain, Matt Cain, Christian Brighi and Lara Brighi; great-grandchildren, Quinn Scola, Tessa Scola and Henry Hurd. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews, along with her “special niece,” Kathy DeCoste and her two loving feline companions, “Nips” and “Tiger.”
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepfather, Frank Sullivan; her brothers and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Andrewes and Henry Andrewes, Jr.; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Florence Andrewes; and infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Baptist Church, Essex on Friday, September 29, at 11 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
A reception will follow the Mass at the Gloucester Elks Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Arrangements by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  September 27, 2017