Phyllis (Moore) Orrell Palmer

WATERTOWN — Phyllis (Moore) Orrell Palmer, 92, entered the gates of heaven Friday, June 28, 2019 at Waterbury Hospital.

Phyllis was born May 11, 1927, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of George and Ellen Moore. She attended local Worcester schools and graduated from Commerce High School in 1945. She went to work at New England Envelope.

She married Norman G. Orrell in 1950, and they moved to Millbury where they raised their family. 

During this time Phyllis volunteered on the Finance Committee for the Town of Millbury and was very active in the church. She went back to work part-time at S & S Paper in West Boylston and then took a second part-time job that she loved at Harrington Way Florist.

In 1989, Phyllis moved to Watertown and married Clarke A. Palmer. They had 17 wonderful years together and enjoyed winters in Florida. Phyllis gained four stepchildren, Cindy (Mark), Clarke (Patty), Robert (granddaughter, Stephanie) and Craig (Day), who will miss her greatly.

Phyllis loved Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She was a great listener and was always able to make everyone feel comfortable. She also loved doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

She leaves behind her daughter, Day (Orrell) Palmer and her husband, Craig, of Watertown, with whom she made her home; her son, Roy M. Orrell and his wife, Darlene, of Millbury, Mass.; and her seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Leah Motsis and her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Calista, Beka Orrell, Craig (CJ) Palmer, Clarke Palmer, Jessica Orrell Toohill, Crystal Orrell and Justin Orrell.

She was predeceased by her first-born son, Norman “Guy” Orrell, Jr. She also leaves behind Guy’s wife, Huong Lieu Orrell, and her three daughters, Keasha, Vannie and Emily, along with their families.

Family and friends are invited to gather from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13, at the Hickcox Funeral home, 195 Main St., Watertown. 

A funeral service will take place at noon at the funeral home and burial will be directly after in Evergreen Cemetery, Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oakville Branch of the Watertown Library Association, 470 Main St., Watertown 06795. 

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