Phyl­lis M. Feather­ston

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Phyl­lis Mar­garet Feather­ston 1924 – 2018

Mother, Award Win­ning Au­thor/Busi­ness­woman, Ad­ven­turer Phyl­lis Mar­garet Feather­ston passed away peace­fully November 7, 2018, at Norwalk Hospi­tal af­ter a brief ill­ness, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily.

Phyl­lis was born on November 30, 1924, in Bos­ton, MA, to John and Ernes­tine Smith. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with honors from Ar­ling­ton High School in 1942, Phyl­lis con­tin­ued her ed­u­ca­tion at Bos­ton Col­lege while si­mul­ta­ne­ously work­ing for the New Eng­land Tele­phone Com­pany. York Beach Maine, the Smith fam­ily’s sum­mer va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion since the early 1920s, was Phyl­lis’s fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion. This past Au­gust, Phyl­lis re­turned to cel­e­brate her 90th sea­son at the beach. It was there on a beau­ti­ful July sum­mer day in 1946, where Phyl­lis met and fell deeply in love, with Charles Martin Feather­ston, a dec­o­rated com­bat in­fantry of­fi­cer who had just re­turned from World War II. Phyl­lis and Charles mar­ried in Oc­to­ber 1950, and re­set­tled in Norwalk, CT af­ter Charles re­turned from his de­ploy­ment to the front lines of Korea. It was in Norwalk that Phyl­lis and Charles raised six chil­dren and lived their lives.

Phyl­lis loved her fam­ily and her friends, and she loved the Norwalk area.

Noth­ing made her hap­pier than to be sur­rounded by her six grown chil­dren, her 20 grand­chil­dren, her pre­cious four great­grand­chil­dren and all her

friends. Fam­ily re­unions, hol­i­days, es­pe­cially Christ­mas Eve at Mary’s house, wed­dings, anniversaries, church gath­er­ings, or what­ever the rea­son for a get to­gether, were warmly wel­comed by Phyl­lis. Blessed with a won­der­fully warm and wel­com­ing per­son­al­ity, Phyl­lis made friends ev­ery­where she went.

Af­ter she fin­ished her As­so­ciates De­gree from NCC and had re­tired from the Norwalk Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, she started her suc­cess­ful book ca­reer. An ac­com­plished co-au­thor, along with her daugh­ter Bar­bara, they pub­lished seven suc­cess­ful edi­tions of her Bed & Break­fast Guide books of North Amer­ica, hold­ing book sign­ings through­out the United States for al­most two decades. Phyl­lis was named the Busi­ness Per­son of the Year by the Norwalk Cham­ber of Com­merce in 1990. Her book re­search al­lowed Phyl­lis and Bar­bara to travel and see the world for many years af­ter the un­timely pass­ing of Charles in 1982. Phyl­lis’ last work was her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy in 2016 “Nana - My Last Hur­rah!” Phyl­lis was extremely ac­tive in ad­vo­cat­ing for the cre­ation of the Korean War Me­mo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to honor those who served and proudly at­tended its open­ing in 1995.

De­vout Ro­man Catholics, Phyl­lis and Charles were one of the orig­i­nal found­ing fam­i­lies of St. Jerome Church in Norwalk. To­gether with her church and se­nior cen­ter friends, she en­joyed her weekly ex­er­cise classes and play­ing golf well into her 80s, taking trips to see Broad­way shows and so many ac­tiv­i­ties with her friends. Her bound­less en­ergy en­abled her to at­tend al­most count­less Crys­tal Theater plays, base­ball, bas­ket­ball, soc­cer, vol­ley­ball, foot­ball, rugby, swim­ming and what­ever ac­tiv­ity her chil­dren, grand or great grand-chil­dren were in­ter­ested in. Al­ways read­ing books, es­pe­cially her fa­vorite au­thor and pen pal, John Le­scroart. Phyl­lis loved to solve puz­zles and play card games with ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially her grand­chil­dren. A vol­un­teer at the Soup Kitchen in South Norwalk for more than 30 years, she was also extremely gen­er­ous to many char­i­ties all over the world.

Phyl­lis is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Bar­bara Lialios and her hus­band Dr. Mi­nas Lialios, Charles Martin Feather­ston Jr. and his fi­ancée Prez Carneiro, John Feather­ston and his wife Sheila, Peter Feather­ston and his wife Chris­tine, Paul Feather­ston and his wife Kath­leen as well as Mary Kokias and her hus­band Paul. Phyl­lis, also known as Nana, is also sur­vived by her grand­chil­dren, Ge­orge and Luz Ostler, Laura and Daryl Ro­barge, El­iz­a­beth and Dan Ga­mache, Karen, Jay, (Al­lie), Colleen, Jen­nifer, Paschal Chukwu and Ray Feather­ston. Alex and Oliver Feather­ston. Char­lie, (Claire), Jamie, Danny and Mar­garet Feather­ston. PJ, Kather­ine, Michael, Peter and Carolyn Kokias; and four great-grand­chil­dren. Phyl­lis is also sur­vived by her younger sis­ter Jean MacKen­zie of Sud­bury, MA.

The en­tire Feather­ston fam­ily would like to thank all those who helped make Phyl­lis com­fort­able in her fi­nal days, es­pe­cially Ro­cio MacIn­tire, the emer­gency re­spon­ders and the won­der­ful staff at the Norwalk Hospi­tal. Phyl­lis, Nana, Mom was a won­der­ful, lov­ing and car­ing per­son who will be sorely missed by all who had the plea­sure to know her. May She Rest in Peace.

A Wake will be held Sun­day November 11th 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Mag­ner Fu­neral Home. A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be cel­e­brated 10:00 a.m. Mon­day, November 12, at St. Jerome’s Church on Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by the burial at River­side Ceme­tery in Norwalk, CT.

In lieu of flowers, Phyl­lis would be hon­ored if you would con­sider a do­na­tion to St. Jerome’s Church, Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Our life-long friends, the Mag­n­ers, of Mag­ner Fu­neral Home of Norwalk are as­sist­ing the Feather­ston fam­ily and we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate all they do. If you wish to leave a note of con­do­lence please visit: www. mag­n­er­fu­ner­al­home.com

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