PALMYRA – The Rev. Phyllis C. Dodd, 92, died Monday, May 21, 2012, in Hartford, Conn. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in West Hartland, Conn., daughter of Bertha Lawrence Hitchcock and the Rev. Philip Harrison Dodd
Phyllis attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, Va.; Savage School of Physical Education, New York City; received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.; a Master of Science degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.; and a Master of Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor. Her teaching experiences included public school and college levels in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. After retiring Phyllis was called at age 55 to the ministry and began studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, but later transferred to Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, where she completed her studies. Upon graduation Phyllis served churches in northern, central and southern districts of Maine. Her other vocations included camp director, industrial worker, director of Camp Fire Girls and selfemployed as a horseback riding instructor.
Phyllis was also a member of RV-ing Women and enjoyed her last rally, potluck supper and bonfire in Chaplin, Conn., May 18-20, 2012.
Phyllis is survived by her sisters, Margaret D. Easton of Whitney Point, N.Y., Virginia D. Wells and her husband, Harry, of Danbury, Conn., and Barbara D. Protheroe of Ashford, Conn.; brother, John N. Dodd of Bethel, Conn.; several nieces and nephews; and her companion of 35 years, Carlene F. Bessey of Palmyra. She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, the Rev. Philip H. Dodd and Robert Hitchcock Dodd; and sister, Mary D. Zepp and her husband, the Rev. Ira Zepp.
A graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. June 16 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Freedom, with Gwen Chase officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Phyllis’ memory to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.