Phyllis M. Winslow, 82, died peacefully at her home April 25, 2010, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Rockland Oct. 1, 1927, she was a daughter of Clarence E. and Nora (Davis) Waterman. Growing up on North Haven, she was educated in island schools and was a 1945 graduate of North Haven High School.

On Oct. 15, 1948, she eloped with Colon L. Winslow. The couple made their home in North Haven, where they raised their family.

For more than 40 years, Phyllis worked at her family’s North Haven store, Waterman & Company.

Known for her gregarious personality, she was always ready and willing to help in any way. Her wonderful sense of humor is remembered by her many friends and family.

A student of Reiki, she became a third-degree master of that art. For more than 15 years, she served as a volunteer at both the Knox Center for Long Term Care and Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

Since her childhood, she had been an accomplished knitter. In recent years she knitted more than 400 baby hats for new babies at Penobscot Bay Medical Center. Best known for her “Nana Socks,” Phyllis knitted these socks for all her family, many of her friends, and after sending a pair to a grandson serving in Bosnia, sent many pairs to the troops when they requested the same.

She was a longtime member of the Lady Shrine Club, a member and past officer of the Order of the Eastern Star, Vinalhaven, a member of North Haven Grange, and a member of the Baird-Calderwood-Morrison-Parson American Legion Post No. 33, Women’s Auxiliary.

For several years she and her husband wintered in Las Vegas, making that trip by automobile each year.

She was a 60-plus-year member of the North Haven Baptist Church, and since moving to Rockland in 1985, had attended Rockland Congregational Church and more recently First Baptist Church of Rockland.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Nora Waterman; three brothers, Edward Waterman, Clarence Waterman and his wife, Lucinda, and Franklin Waterman and his wife, Erma; a daughter, Alda Marie Winslow in 1958; and her beloved husband of 46 years, Colon Winslow, in 1995.

She is survived by a 100-year-old sister, Clara Waterman, of Rockland; a daughter, Clare Gosselin, and her husband, Gerry, of Sabattus; a son, Richard Winslow, and his wife, Lisa, of Rockland; a former son-in-law, Robert Brown, whom she still considered family, and his partner, Kathy, of Lincolnville; four granddaughters, Bethany Boivin, with whom she shared a very special friendship, and her husband, Stephen Jr., of Rockland, Penelope Greene and her partner, Brandon, of Riverside, R.I., Meridith Bari and her husband, Justin, of Rockland and Carissa Ellerd and her husband, Josh, of Cushing; a cousin who was like a granddaughter and with whom she shared a special bond, Abigail Edwards, and her husband, Jeff, of Owls Head; two grandsons, Lucas Brown and his wife, Vicky, of Vinalhaven and Caleb Winslow and his wife, Lorien, of Augusta; 16 great-grandchildren, Brooke and Dean Penney of Rockland, Sarah Boivin of Thomaston, Zachary Greene of Rockland, Abigail, Zinka and Asa Bari of Rockland, Katelyn Willis, Jasmine, Brandon and Jonathan Brown, all of Vinalhaven, Bryce and Avery Ellerd of Cushing, and Brianna, Sarah and Hannah Edwards of Owls Head; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved; and postal worker Ken Merrill, who carried her heart.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at North Haven Baptist Church. The Rev. David Macy will officiate. Interment will follow in Fuller Cemetery.

In keeping with Phyllis’ request, anyone owning a pair of Nana Socks she knitted, please wear them to either of the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074; or the Bob Gagnon Cancer Care Fund, c/o Pen Bay Health Care, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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