Phyllis Waterhouse Elwell

November 17, 2017
Phyllis Waterhouse Elwell

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Phyllis Waterhouse Elwell, 99 years old, died quietly on November 17, 2017. She was born July 29, 1918, in Merrimac, Massachusetts and resided in Virginia for over 30 years.

Her parents were Moses Sargent Waterhouse and Hortense Lydston Waterhouse. She had 3 siblings, William Charles Waterhouse (deceased), Bernice Sheldon, and Jean McMillen. She was married to Richard Dennison Elwell for 67 years until his death in 2007. They raised 4 daughters in Kingston, MA, Cynthia S. Elwell, Sonoma, CA, Jane D. (Richard) Howell, Quinton, VA, Judith S. (Roger) Cross, Williamsburg, VA, and Susan L. Elwell, VA Beach, VA. She has 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, an Elwell niece, Dr. Barbara Ash, and many Waterhouse nieces and nephews.

Phyllis Elwell loved to read and write and served as a trustee for the Kingston Public Library in the town of Kingston, MA. She was a member of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society and also, a member of the Black and White Art Club in the historic town of Plymouth, MA.

As a news reporter, Phyllis wrote for several South Shore newspapers outside of Boston including The Quincy Patriot Ledger, The New Bedford Standard Times and The Brockton Enterprise. Later, she held the position of news director at radio station WPLM in Plymouth, MA. As news director, Phyllis interviewed several governing officials including Senator Ted Kennedy and Governor Dukakis.

In 1976, Phyllis visited the BBC studio (British Broadcasting Corp.) in Plymouth, England. She was invited to go “on the air” with the BBC’s newscasters to discuss the American bicentennial celebration.

Phyllis lived by the Golden Rule and believed in the divine power of love. She had a strong interest in the welfare of animals and has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the local animal shelter. There will be a private memorial service held at a later date.


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  • November 22, 2017
    Dorothy LEAHEY says:
    My sympathy to the family. So glad I was able to visit her last Dec. with Dean and HILDEGARD.

  • November 23, 2017
    Don mcfarland says:
    You were the best grandmother a boy could wish for. Thank you for loving me like you did. You will always be in my heart and never be forgotten. You made me feel special my whole life. You and gramp are my world. I hope you are chasing him around now. Love you nana..