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Barbara N. Phillips

November 5, 2022

Barbara N. PhillipsBarbara N. Phillips, 85, of Watertown passed away Saturday afternoon, November 5, 2022, at Samaritan Keep Home.

Barbara was born in Chazy June 19, 1937, daughter of Herman and Jane Bosley Neverett. She was an honor graduate from St. John's Academy, Plattsburgh in 1955. In 1959 she received her B.S. degree with a major in Nurse-Teacher Education from SUNY Teacher's College, Plattsburgh. She did graduate work at Bridgewater (MA) State College for Teachers, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Plattsburgh. Barbara received Permanent Certification as a public school teacher of Biology and General Science from NYS Education Dept. in 1979.

On March 14, 1959 she married Burt W. Phillips, Jr. at St. Andrew's Church, Sackets Harbor with Rev. John Kennedy officiating.

Barbara worked as a registered nurse at The House of the Good Samaritan, as an infirmary nurse at SUNY Oswego, and part time as an office nurse for several Oswego area physicians. In 1962 the couple moved to Watertown. In 1968 she went back to work and was a school nurse at several Watertown schools. Barbara began teaching 7th grade science at Case Junior High School in 1976 and retired from the Watertown City School District in 1992.

Barbara was a communicant of Holy Family Church. She was a member of many teachers organizations, including Watertown Education Assoc., Watertown High School Retired Teachers Assoc., Case Junior Retired Teachers Assoc., NYS United Teachers, NYS Retired Teachers Assoc., College Women's Club, and National Education Assoc. She was a member of Kiwanis Club of Watertown. Barbara enjoyed traveling, genealogy, quilting, knitting, was an avid reader, and her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren.

Along with her husband, Burt, Barbara is survived by her four children, Burt W. Phillips III and wife Teresa, Baldwinsville, Beth P. Thesier and husband Joseph, Watertown, Bridgette C. Keenan and husband Patrick, Watertown, and Bernadette M. Gerbe and husband Charles, Grove City, PA; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren with one on the way; three siblings, Henry Neverett and wife Suzanne, New Bern, NC, Patricia Smith, Goldsboro, NC, and Kenneth Neverett and wife Pamela, Saratoga; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her great grandson, Noah Aaron Greene, and brother-in-law, Ret. Major Jerry Smith.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Barbara's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to NNY Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, designated for the Barbara and Burt Phillips Education Scholarship.


#17 Jolene Gooding 2022-11-14 16:47
Burt, so sorry to read about the passing of you wife. Roy and i send you and your family our sympathy during this difficult time. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Always, Jo and Roy
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#16 Cindy Barker 2022-11-11 08:45
Burt and Family, So sorry to hear about Barbara. Thoughts and prayers sent to you and your Family .
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#15 Susan Boschock 2022-11-10 21:31
Burt & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She made me feel welcome when I came to Case Junior in 1885 and gave me encouragement in my new teaching position. She was so knowledgeable and loved what she did. I still remember her carrying that bag of books to the retired Case teacher’s luncheon at Ives Hill. You two were quite a pair- that will remain special to me.

Sue Boschock
May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you made together. God’s peace be with you.
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#14 Will &Ginnie Thesier 2022-11-10 11:02
Beth and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this time of great loss.
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#13 Marty Kinne 2022-11-09 15:27
I was so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I remember how welcoming she was when I moved from Watertown High to Case Middle School back in 1981. She had a distinctive smile and joyous laugh that could brighten anyone's day. I never knew she was in the nursing profession, but I'm really not surprised. Caring for others was at the core of who she was. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, especially Burt, her beloved husband of many years. The two of them were quite a team.
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#12 Susan Fitzgerald 2022-11-08 18:56
Burt and entire family, I am so very sorry to hear about
Barb’ passing. I remember her well from teaching at Case Middle school. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
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#11 Camilla Moore 2022-11-08 12:44
Our love and prayers for peace for you and your family!

Terry & Camilla Moore
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#10 Sue Ulmen-Finkbeiner 2022-11-08 09:38
Sincere condolences to the entire Phillips family. May your mom rest in peace.
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#9 Heather Brown 2022-11-07 22:56
I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being an extension of your mom’s kindness to me in the season of life we shared.
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#8 Claudia Fish 2022-11-07 22:09
Mr. Phillips ( Burt) my condolences on the passing of your beloved wife. I know how much she meant to you and how dedicated you were to her over the years. She lived a full and meaningful life that helped so many. Sending love to you and your family. Dr. Fish
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