Phyllis (Baxter) Kelly

Phyllis E. Kelly, 52, a longtime Beacon resident passed away suddenly at her home on August 15, 2019. She was born in Cold Spring, NY on February 13, 1967, daughter of Philip and Patricia (Williams) Baxter.

Phyllis was a graduate of Beacon High School. She received her Associate’s Degree from Dutchess Community College, and later earned her certification as an ophthalmic technician.

Phyllis worked as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician for 20+ years at the Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons and most recently for the Care Mount Medical Group in both Fishkill and Poughkeepsie.

On March 26, 1988 in Fishkill, NY, she married Thomas V. Kelly Jr., who survives her at home.

Phyllis enjoyed kayaking, visiting the ponies on Assateague Island, camping, and beachcombing with her family. She also enjoyed giving back to others and volunteering, especially with Guiding Eyes for the Blind where she loved working with the big dogs and puppies.

Phyllis will be remembered for her great sense of humor and her extremely compassionate soft heart. She was always an advocate for anyone in need. She will undoubtedly miss being with her women of WOW.

Along with her husband of 31-years and her parents, Phyllis is survived by her sister Patricia (Daniel) Rodgers; and her 4 beloved kitty cats: Bob, Owen, Pringles and Gracie, whom were truly like her children.

She is also survived by her brothers/sisters in-law: Scott (Amy), Terri (Steve), Ricky, Peggy (Brian), Franky (Evelyn), Bob (Pat), Sue (Gerry), and Pat (Scott). She is survived by several nieces and nephews, especially Scottie, Heather, EmiJo, Trelyn and Kelson, a host of cousins, friends, and her dear ‘hugged in sister’ Lisa Steger. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Phyllis was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Kathy Kelly and her nephew Joshua Kelly. Her family finds great comfort knowing that Phyllis will be greeted by those gone before her, especially her beloved kitties who had crossed that rainbow bridge.

Her family and friends will gather on Wednesday, August 21st from 4-8pm at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY, where a Celebration of Her Life will be shared at 7pm. Interment will be private at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to either: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or to the Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, 54 Simmons Ln., Beacon, NY 12508. To offer a message of condolence, share a fond memory or place a donation, please visit:

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  1. Donna Ray says:

    My favorite memory of my dear Phyllis is when I first met her I gave her a big hug to welcome her to our group! I will miss her smile dearly and I will always have love in my heart for her.
    Donna Ray

  2. Cindy Sullivan says:

    There are so many important things to remember about Phyllis, like her strong moral fiber and her true love for the people and animals in her life. While volunteering with Phyl at Guiding Eyes, she would regale us with stories of Tommy’s cooking, their camping, and enjoyment of nature and all it has to offer. But our little Sunday group of volunteers had many laughs with Phyllis and they way she interacted with the puppies. Those long fingernails were the perfect size and shape to be a miniature dog brush on the smallest of puppies. They loved being massaged by Phyllis. And Phyllis was great with the broods. I called her the dog whisperer because she could also calm the most nervous moms with her gentle voice and long, smooth strokes of love. I will miss Phyllis very much and send my heartfelt condolences to all who loved her.

  3. ANDREW DAHL says:

    I am deeply saddened by Phyllis’ passing. Phyllis became my co-worker shortly after she completed high school and I always depended on her throughout our mutual careers at Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons. She was always eager to learn and had a marvelous work ethic. Her insights about people and life were mature beyond her years. She was a leader without trying to be one. Her enthusiasm was contagious as over the years she regaled me with stories about renovating the home that she and Tom had purchased at the foot of Mount Beacon or her experiences with the wild horses of Maryland or the manatees of Florida. Our patients loved Phyllis, not only for the excellence and professionalism she displayed, but also because of the kindness of her spirit. She really cared. She put her heart and soul into her relationships with her parents, her extended family, her friends and of course the many dogs and cats which she nurtured, and they all loved her in return. I distinctly remember Phyllis’ involvement in the long illness of Josh Kelly, where her concern and knowledge were a source of strength to the entire family. Phyllis was always there for so many individuals and we all will miss her and cherish her memory.

  4. PAMELA JONES says:

    Patty – I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss. I always enjoyed seeing Phyllis when Dave and/or I would go for our visits to Hudson Valley Eye. I know she is truly missed by all. God Bless you at this difficult time.
    Pam Jones

  5. says:

    Oh Phylli. How we will miss you. As the family gathered to create your photo memory boards we got to relive your life. Some really funny memories and stories flowed in the room. . But all in all, what a wonderful and full life it was. With love, compassion, humor, family, and animals …you wrote a lovely story – albeit way too short. Rest easy Phylli. We love you. We miss you. We promise we will take good care of T.

  6. Jean Lamoree says:

    Patty- We know that words provide little solace at this time, but please know that we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Jean and Ashley Lamoree

  7. Stephanie Southworth says:

    I’m soo sorry about Phyllis. She was one of a kind. I’ve never met someone who loved their job and patients like she did. She was sincere and cared about everyone. She treated many as family. She went about and beyond to help people. She was a great patient advocate. I met her about 8 years ago and she taught me soo many things at work and to standing up for what was right at certain times. She would always give credit when it was do, and that goes a long way. She would laugh and tell patients ‘ this old girl with 20 years under my belt is learning from this young girl’! If you went above and beyond she would tell you ‘ thats how you earn brownie points’. She would talk about kayaking, show me pictures of her fur babies, talk about the beach, the horses, and how good of a cook T was. She also talked about her parents. Her parents were everything and more. Thinking of you all in this time!

  8. Henry and Susan Rodgers says:

    Phyllis was a beautiful person. We are holding you close in our thoughts and prayers .

  9. Jaison Cook says:

    I was at your service and I didn’t speak. I felt that everyone captured how beautiful you were, how deeply you loved, how deeply you are loved. I am grateful I had you in my life. Cat memes will never be the same.

  10. Alison Olesen says:

    I met Phyllis when she was 8 and I was 11 years old. I have been blessed to have this beautiful friendship for 44 years. I have been so blessed to have known and shared my life with someone so wonderful. She called me every Sunday afternoon while she was driving home from Guiding Eyes to catch up with the happenings of the week. She loved her family, her cats, and she loved Tommy with all her heart. She used to do this funny voice when she talked to her cats. It always made me laugh. Phyllis was close to my two daughters as well and they loved her very much. She was always there for them no matter what. I will miss her endlessly. Love you always my friend. Alison Olesen

  11. Doreen Ibbetson says:

    Tom, So very sorry to hear about your wife. My thoughts are with you

  12. Joel Bogart says:

    God Bless Phyllis, she was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences to her family and friends.

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