Marilyn Demis Utley

Marilyn Demis UtleyMarilyn Demis Utley, 69, of Palmyra, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Sunday January 5, 2014, with her daughter and her companion by her side.

Born October 13, 1944, in Syracuse, NY, she was the daughter of the late Fillmore G. and Dorothy Neuber Utley.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Gunsalus Chiovaro and her husband, Richard, of Palmyra; three grandsons who were the light of her life, Bradley Frank, Benjamin Richard and Blake Edward Chiovaro; her companion of 28 years, Eugene E. Milowicki (Palmyra) and her life-long friend of nearly 60 years, Nancy Beth Harrison Fergerson (Clay, NY).

Marilyn moved from Fairmount to Phoenix, NY, in 1954 and was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools in 1962.

She attended Penn Hall Junior College for Women in Chambersburg, Pa., and the University of Miami, Cape Coral, Florida.

She returned to Phoenix, was married to Richard P. Gunsalus (until 1980) and started her family and career as a working mother in the late 1960s and ’70s.

Marilyn worked in the Phoenix school system, in construction for Winkelman, Eastern Rock, John B. Pike and Pike-Paschen construction companies from 1972-1985.

With a career change to Price Modern, she began commercial furniture design and worked with them in Baltimore, Maryland and Virginia Beach from the mid-1980s until 2005 when she relocated to Palmyra to be near her daughter and grandsons.

She worked for a short time at Comcast and then found a late career love as a claims processer at State Farm in Charlottesville, Va., where she truly enjoyed the added and unexpected benefit of “community” in the many friendships she made there at “The Farm.”

Marilyn was active in many capacities of Camp Fire, beginning at age 5 as a camper and attended the Camp Fire Golden Jubilee in 1960 in New York City.  She also held positions as counselor, group leader, day camp director and served on the board of directors of the Onondaga Council in the 1970s. She enjoyed seeing her grandsons return to Camp Talooli as it always held a special place in her heart.

Marilyn also was a member of Eastern Stars, Junior Deputy for Triangle, a sports booster of Phoenix Central Schools, officer of the Phoenix Nursery School, associate member of Century Club, and member of the Phoenix First Congregational Church. Marilyn attended Effort Baptist Church with her family after moving to Palmyra and could frequently be seen at Fork Union Military Academy, at her grandsons’ school events.

Marilyn was a lover of “being rescued by” animals and her pets always lived a long life and were great companions to her.

She loved natural gardening and old pictures and family memorabilia.

She was a great verbal historian and had an incredible knack for remembering details and being a good storyteller.

To her grandsons, she was their beach pal, adventure planner, sports fan and dream maker. To her daughter, she was her number one fan, inspirer and motivator.  To her friends she brought wisdom and inspiration and an attentive ear and shoulder to cry on with an ability to gently but sometimes abruptly, right them on their path.

She will be dearly missed by all those she touched.

A special thanks to those providing her love and care over the past year, including Dr. Boyer and the Hope Center staff, and the staff at Martha Jefferson Hospital and Hospice House during her brief stay.

Interment with graveside service will be in Pulaski Village Cemetery, 5052 U. S. Route 11, Pulaski, NY, on July 21 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of Marilyn’s favorite causes, Phoenix First Congregational Church, Phoenix, NY (43 Bridge St., Phoenix, NY); Camp Talooli, Phoenix, NY (PO Box 6, Phoenix, NY 13135) or the Fluvanna County SPCA (5239 Union Mills Road, Troy, Va. 22974).

Emma Ruth Mills

Emma Ruth Mills Emma Ruth Mills, 85, of Phoenix, NY,
passed away on Thursday July 10, 2014.
Born to her late parents, Nora (MacDougall)
and Clifford Holmes on April 30, 1929. She
was a homemaker.
Emma was a member of the Mt. Pleasant
United Methodist Church.
She was predeceased by her husband of
45 years, Edward A. Mills, Sr., on Feb. 18,
1999.
Surviving are her four sons, Edward A.
Mills, Jr., Roger Mills, Clifford Mills, and
Lance Mills; six daughters, Connie Mills
Soppe, Adell Kenyon, Shelli Wilcox, Terri
Mills Laurrie Porter, and Beckie Hawley;
several grandchildren; many great and
great-great grandchildren; sisters, Judy
and Sally; brothers, Jerry and Harry,
several nieces, nephews, cousins.
Calling hours are on Wednesday July 16,
from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a funeral
service at 7 p.m. all in the Allanson-Glanville-
Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix,
with the Rev. Shawn Porter officiating. Burial
will be on Friday July 18, at 11 a.m. in
Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St.,
Phoenix, NY 13135.

Lora A. Jones

Lora A. JonesLora A. Jones, 82, of Phoenix, NY, passed away on
Monday July 7, 2014 after a long illness. Born on
Nov. 3, 1931 to her late parents, Ruth Erma
(Ingraham) and Leeman Justice Cady in Preston,
NY. Lora was a graduate of Oxford Academy &
Central School, class of 1950.
Lora was very involved in the Phoenix community.
A member of Century Club; G .P. I. A.; served as
a trustee on the Phoenix Library Board; North
Country Library Assoc.; Phoenix Central School
Board member for 10 years, with a 2 year post as
president; Masonic Lodge achievement award;
Post Card Club of Oswego County; Schroeppel
Historical Society; Town of Webb Historical Society;
Nursery School Board member; and a former deaconess.
Predeceased by brothers and sisters.
Surviving are her loving husband of 62 years,
Derwin L. Jones; five daughters and their husbands,
Loraine and Don Ridall of Dewitt, Nena and Harry
Nash of Syracuse, Debora Jones and her husband
Charles Wardhaugh of Volney, Linda and Peter
Palmer of Baldwinsville, and Loralee and Roy Skinner
of Blossvale; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild;
one sister, Doris Potter of Oxford, NY; many nieces,
nephews, cousins.
Calling hours on Friday July 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,
Phoenix, NY. Services are on Saturday July 12, at
11 a.m. in Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389
Co. Rt. 54, Pennellville, NY with Rev. Dr. Russell
Hall and the presiding pastor Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating.
Burial will occur at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Riverview
Cemetery, Co. Rd. 32, Oxford, NY 13830, and will be
conducted by the Behe Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.
Contributions in Lora’s memory to: the Phoenix
Public Library, 34 Elm St., Phoenix, NY 13135

Maudie M. (Spady) Jacobs

Maudie M. (Spady) Jacobs, 74, of Phoenix, NY,
passed from this life, to life eternal on Saturday
July 5, 2014 after a long illness.
Born in Northhampton, VA to her late parents,
Maudie M.(Whitman) and William T. Spady on
April 6, 1940.
She graduated Northhampton High School, class
of 1958. Maudie was a 23 year employee of Carrier
Corp., Syracuse, retiring in 2000. A member of
Carrier Retirees Assoc..
Predeceased by her son, Gregory James Jacobs on
May 13, 1986; and brothers and sisters.
She leaves one surviving son, George Robert Jacobs,
Jr.; very dearest friends Ron & Mary Smith of Phoenix,
and Lori & Rick Matot of Phoenix; one sister, Ruth Gladys (William) Smith
of Richmond, VA; many nieces, nephews,
and cousins.
Calling hours are on Wednesday July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.
at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, followed
by a 3 p.m. funeral service, at 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.
13135. Burial in Phoenix Rural Cemetery,126 Chestnut St..
Contributions to Charity of Choice.

Sherry D. McDougall

Sherry D. McDougall, 64, of Clay, NY, passed
away on Saturday June 28, 2014. Born in Syracuse,
on Nov. 20, 1949. A graduate of Liverpool Central
Schools, and later was a teacher’s assistant for
Crest Schools, Lecanto, FL. Sherry was an avid
dog lover.
Surviving are her loving husband of 36 years,
Leonard McDougall; three daughters, Jody (Nicholas)
Vecchiarelli of Clay, Marion (Richard) Lee of Mt.
Morris, NY, and Amy (Kevin) Perrin of Baldwinsville,
NY; four brothers; three sisters; nieces, nephews,
cousins.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday July 2, from 2-4
and 6-8 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan
Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.
Services are on Thursday July 3, at 10 a.m. in the
the funeral home with the Rev. Terrance E.
Millbyer officiating. Burial is on Saturday July 5, at
2 p.m. in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St.,
Phoenix, NY 13135.
The Humane Society of CNY, Inc. 4915 W. Taft Rd. Liverpool, NY 13088

Betty J. Thompson

Betty J. Thompson, 85, of Phoenix, NY,
passed away on Wednesday June 18, 2014.
A member of the Phoenix United Methodist
Church; past president of the Schroeppel
Historical Society; and a former member of
the Ladies Auxiliary of the Phoenix Fire Dept..
Betty was predeceased by her son, Bruce
Vernon Thompson on February 28, 2006.
Surviving are her loving husband of 66 years,
John B. Thompson; a nephew, Carl A. Dimon.
Services are at 10 a.m. on Wednesday July
2, at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral
Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.
Carl A. Dimon will officiate the services.
Interment will follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery,
126 Chestnut St., Phoenix, NY.

Benjamin O. Knight Spring Burial

Graveside memorial services for Benjamin  O.
Knight, 80, of Syracuse, NY will be on Thursday
June 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Hillside Memorial
Park Cemetery, 723 N. Main St., Central
Square, NY  13036.  The Rev. T. E. Millbyer
will be officiating the service as well as military
tribute by the US Army honor team,  with the honor
squad VFW Post 5540, Phoenix Memorial Post
offering a fine tribute to Mr. Knight.
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix,
NY has charge of arrangements.

Clyde J. Bettis

Clyde J. Bettis, 81, of Phoenix, NY, passed
away on Thursday June 12, 2014, at home. He
was born in the town of Hannibal on Oct. 26, 1932
to his late parents, Lela (Weldon) and Ashley J.
Bettis.
Clyde was a dairy farmer for 16 years,
eventually working for the town of Lysander
Highway Dept. for 30 years.
A member of the River of Life Assembly of God,
Fulton; belonged to a horse riding club; the
Dairyman’s League; and the Lysander Vol. F. D..
Surviving are his loving wife of 49 years,
Mary Lou (Richardson) Bettis; his foster children,
David and his wife Pam Ragonese of Phoenix, AZ,
Lisa (Ragonese) Aulds of Scottsdale, AZ; a
brother Robert W. and his wife, Orlene Bettis of
Phoenix, NY; a sister, Margaret A. and her
husband Frank Santulli of Phoenix, NY; several
nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family,
with Pastor Elden K. Lathrop officiating.
Contributions in Clyde’s memory may be made to:
River of Life Assembly of God Church, 815 Oneida
St., Fulton, NY 13069