Mrs. Phyllis H. (Swinson) Levie, 92, of Gloucester passed away on Wednesday May 4, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Gloucester. She was the wife of the late Charles C. Levie.
She was born on January 30, 1924, in Gloucester, daughter of the late Ludwig and Leah (McCarthy) Swinson. She was a longtime resident of Gloucester. Phyllis loved her hometown and often commented on how lucky she was to live there. "Who would want to live anywhere else?" she would often ask.
A natural athlete, Phyllis enjoyed competitive sports and as a young mom in the 1950s was a member of the committee, along with former Mayors Joe Grillo, Stan Boudreau and others, who first brought Little League to Gloucester. She was also instrumental in the founding of the annual 4th of July Horribles Parade.
For over 25 years Phyllis was a noon supervisor in the Gloucester Public School System. It was a job that truly utilized her profound love for children, her natural gift of humor, and her innate sense of nurture. "She was strict," one student recalled, "but everyone loved her." In 1988, the graduating class of the O'Maley School dedicated their yearbook to her and it became one of her life's proudest possessions.
Phyllis was the sparkplug of a large, rollicking family, whose greatest joy was gathering together. Anyone who walked into a Swinson party for the first time would be welcomed with open arms and be completely amazed at the warmth, boundless talent of guitars and piano, naturally gifted harmonious voices, and uproarious humor. Well into their senior years, Phyllis and her siblings would be up all night while those, many years younger, had gone to bed.
She is survived by her son, David and his wife, Catherine "Kate" (Hannigan) LeVie of Maryland; her grandchildren, Jason O'Maley and spouse, Kevin Carlson of Portland, Ore., Melissa LeVie Logie and Amy LeVie of Maryland, Megan Kendall and her partner, Ron Parsons of Gloucester, and Lindsay (Kendall) Lee and her husband, Matt of Gloucester; and her great-grandchildren, McKenna, Keegan, Lily, Bennett and Emerson Logie of Maryland, Eireland Shade of Maryland, Devin Aiello, Khloe Kendall, Olivia, Violet and Jameson Lee, all of Gloucester. She is also survived by her brother, Harold "Bunny" Swinson and his wife, Virginia; her sister, Mary Lane, wife of the late Ray Lane; sister-in-law, Virginia (Rowe) Swinson, all of Gloucester; as well as her sister-in-law, Janice Graves of Foxboro; and many treasured nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Jacqueline Kendall; her siblings, Hazel Swinson, Edith Hildonen and her husband, George, Gloria Madruga and her husband, Robert, Howard Swinson and Kenneth Swinson; and sister-in-law, Audrey Hobbs of Gloucester.
The family would like to thank all those who have provided such loving care to Phyllis in the last few years. Special thanks to her neighbors, the staff at Action, Christa Orlando, Element Care and the nursing angels and staff at Golden Living.
Phyllis' visiting hours will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish in St. Ann's Church on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis' name can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on May 9, 2016