Monday, June 25, 2012

Phyllis Potter Burrows

Wellsville, NY - Phyllis Potter Burrows, 91, died peacefully at St. Luke's Health Facility in Oswego, N.Y. on June 24, 2012 after a long illness.  Phyllis was born in Houlton, Maine on January 10, 1921 to Dr. John G. and Evelyn Haskell Potter.  She attended Ricker High School and Colby College in Maine.  She moved to Andover and then Wellsville in 1944 where she met and married John A. Burrows on June 25, 1945.

She worked many years as a legal secretary in Wellsville, most recently for Cummings, Embser and Woltag..  Phyllis was as avid golfer and was a member of the Wellsville Country Club for 60 years. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Wellsville and served as secretary to Rev. Russell J. Clair.  Phyllis travelled extensively, often with her dear friend Harriett Bradley.  She was a voracious reader all her life.  She wintered in Cocoa Beach, Fl. for over 20 years before moving to Oswego in June 2011.

Her husband, John in 1965 and her brother J. Richard Potter in 1999 predecease her.

She is survived by her three children, Roxana (William) Farden, Jack (Sheryl)  Burrows  and Philip (Angela) Burrows; her seven grandchildren, Emily (Andrew) Hinman, John (Lee) Farden, Zack (Mary Donovan) Farden; Anna Burrows and Maya Burrows; Dylan Burrows and Natalie Burrows; and four great-grand children, Audrey, Liam, Benjamin Hinman and Jacoby Farden.

Calling hours are Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 3:00 until 7:00 at Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville. The service will be held at The First Congregational Church (UCC) in Wellsville on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Andrew Hinman presiding. A graveside ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David A. Howe Library in Phyllis's memory. To leave online condolences, please visit

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