, Salem, MA

September 29, 2012

Phyllis C. England, 90

Durham, N.H. — Phyllis C. England, 90, of Durham, formerly of Rye, died Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Emeritus at Spruce Wood where she made her home the past ten years.

She was born April 22, 1922 in New Haven, Conn., a daughter of the late Percy G. and Elsie A. (Stone) Crocker.

Raised in Cambridge, Mass., her early education was at Shady Hill in Cambridge and later graduated from Abbott Academy in Andover, now Phillips Andover Academy. She also attended Simmons College and graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston.

Mrs. England served with the WAVES, a World War II division of the U.S. Navy that consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service."

After her marriage to Clifford W. England the couple lived most of their married life in Winchester, Mass. They moved to Rye in the early 1970’s after Mr. England’s retirement and they spent many winters in Punta Gorda, Fla. She was a lifelong summer resident at Bakers Island in Salem, Mass.

Her husband Clifford was an alumnus of Dartmouth College and she was very active with him in alumni affairs and continued to do so even and after his death in 1983.

She leaves her two daughters, Marilyn Mills and her husband Gerald of Lebanon, Maine, Elizabeth Roy and her husband David of Concord; her son, George G. England and wife Sandi of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her brother, Stephen N. Crocker.

ARRANGEMENTS: Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family suggests donations to the Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833 or to the Bakers Island Memorial Fund, c/o Ben Fabry, Treasurer, 19 Noble Hill Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Arrangements are by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton. To sign an online guest book visit