BANGOR AND SANGERVILLE – Phyllis Taylor Burgess passed away Sept. 3, 2012, with family near. She was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Houlton, daughter of Orrin C. and Daisy Rhoda Taylor.
Phyllis attended schools in Houlton and Bristol, Conn., before graduating from Sangerville High School. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., discovering a penchant for working with people and enjoying college classes to broaden her knowledge. She returned to Sangerville to marry Merrill D. Burgess, in October 1946. They lived on the farm, occasionally moonlighting while raising their three sons and daughter. She worked in local offices part time initially, and was a licensed agent for Mutual of New York. Later, she worked for the Head Start program, became director of the Family Betterment program, then manager of the Donated Foods program, finally working in quality control for the Food Stamp program, traveling throughout central and eastern Maine.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 66 years, Merrill; son, Scott of Lambertville, N.J., and wife, Gail, and children, Kerri and Colin; son, Gary of Dedham and wife, Shelley, and children, Anna, Alex and Ian; son, Daniel of Thomaston and wife, Betty, and children, Michael, Matthew, Jonathan and Julianne; and daughter, Mary O’Neill of Houston and husband, Dan, and children, Katherin, Benjamin and Adam. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren and one on the way. She delighted in following her children’s and grandchildren’s academic, athletic and career endeavors. Phyllis is also survived by her sisters, Joyce Wark of Dexter, and Evelyn Page and husband, Gilbert, of Bangor; brother-in-law, Reynold Burgess of Sangerville; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Clinton, Harry, Ken, Ralph, Paul and Ben; and sisters, Pauline Taylor and Eoline Masterman.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date. Interment will be at Knowlton Mills Cemetery, East Sangerville. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at