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Phyllis Haskett Sawyer

Posted By obits On June 14, 2022 @ 2:00 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 48 Comments

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Phyllis Haskett Sawyer, age 90, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina died Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at her son’s home surrounded by family. Phyllis was a native of Elizabeth City and a longtime resident of Camden, North Carolina with her late husband, Alfred Sawyer. She was born December 17, 1930; an only child to the late Norman Church Haskett and Martha Stevens Haskett. Phyllis was employed by Doctors Nash, Jenkins, and Williams as a nurse for twenty-five years. Phyllis retired and worked at the Pasquotank County Tax office for ten years.

Phyllis will always be remembered for her kind heart and lively personality. Phyllis was a long-time member of the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild, where she perfected her clothespin dolls. She was a member of the Museum guild, the Family Research Society of Northeastern North Carolina, and a member of many church choirs throughout her life.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Michael Twiddy and wife Ann; three grandchildren, Matthew Twiddy and wife Katie, Arica McCord, and Hannah Martha Twiddy; and three great grandchildren, Claire, Sam, and Sophia. Phyllis is predeceased by her son, Marshal Hugh Twiddy and wife Janet.

A sincere thank you to Albemarle Hospice for the compassionate care shown to Phyllis and her family. The family would like to thank all the caregivers, Brookdale, and Dr. G for the excellent care they provided. To sitters, neighbors, and friends, thank you for always lending a helping hand when needed. In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of her life, memorial donations can be made to your local church in Phyllis’s memory.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 10:00 in West Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Don Carter officiating. In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of her life, memorial donations can be made to your local church in Phyllis’s memory. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Frank and Phyllis Rogerson on February 4th, 2021 3:59 pm

So sorry to read this Mike and Ann and family
Mike your mom was quite a lady, many memories will come to surface amongst the office workers and secretaries of physician offices of Colonial Medical Village back in the old days
Take comfort in knowing she is one of the many good time angels in God’s choir.

Prayers and thoughts going your way.

Condolence from Joe and Wanda Forbes on February 4th, 2021 5:16 pm

So sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. Whenever you would see Phyllis, she has a smile on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family

Condolence from Kay Acurio on February 4th, 2021 5:31 pm

Michael, Ann, and family; Sending all of you my sincerest sympathy. She was a very sweet and special lady. I had lots of encounters with her as she visited various folks at the hospital and I remember her at the Craftmen’s Fair. She was always full of life! In His Love, Kay Acurio

Condolence from Faye Gray on February 4th, 2021 6:27 pm

Phyllis will be remembered as the kind and smiling lady who befriended my mother at Brookdale. They shared a dining table and Phyllis helped my mother so much. She was a sweetheart and obviously cared for her. She was a greeter to visitors as they entered Brookdale’s door. She was always cheerful during those years at the doctor’s office and just loved people. May she rest in peace and reap her reward for the kindness she has shown to so many over the years.

Condolence from Jeffrey McPherson on February 4th, 2021 6:33 pm

Mike and Ann sorry for you’re loss . I enjoyed talking to her when I visited my mom. She’s in a much better place.

Condolence from Curwood on February 4th, 2021 7:48 pm

Mike….so sorry to hear about your mothers death. I knew her most all my adult life and she always had a smile. We’ll miss her too. May God bless your family at this sad time.

Condolence from Lee Ann Self on February 4th, 2021 7:55 pm

Ann, Michael, and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Phyllis. I really enjoyed getting to know her and your family while at Brookdale. I loved to hear her stories of her younger years. I loved how she looked out for others. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Condolence from June Banks on February 4th, 2021 8:06 pm

Phyllis was a dear friend. We had many conversations when she worked at doctors office. May God guide you through your sorrow.

Condolence from Bobbi White on February 4th, 2021 8:11 pm

Mike and Ann-

I am so sorry to read of Miss Phyllis’ passing. I have so many wonderful memories of her at The Craftsman’s Fair. She always had a smile on her face and a nice greeting for everyone. It was always nice to be greeted by her and “the ladies” in the foyer at Brookdale. She lived life to the fullest and I think she enjoyed everything she undertook. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Kathy Leary on February 4th, 2021 9:48 pm

Mike and Ann, I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. The last time I talked with her at Brookdale in the hall by my mama’s room, she had that same joyous laugh I remember all my life.

My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Georgine Armstrong on February 5th, 2021 12:34 am

Phyllis was a real joy to be around . Her energy and enthusiasm were hard to beat. She is missed! Thank you for giving her the best care these last years.
Remember Jesus loves you and I do too!

Condolence from Bernie and Jeanie Blystone on February 5th, 2021 5:54 am

Michael and family our condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She has received her heavenly promotion. You were blessed to have her for many years.

Condolence from Clarence Jennings on February 5th, 2021 6:38 am

So sorry for your loss Mike, Ms. Phyllis was a wonderful lady and person and always a joy to be around.

Condolence from Celeste Wescott Maus on February 5th, 2021 9:29 am

I am so very sorry to read this. Miss Phyllis was such a good family friend! She and my mother had many good times that they shared with joy and laughter! I always enjoyed seeing her smile and hearing her laughter. May you all hold onto the memories forever and May peace and comfort surround you all during this time of sorrow! My condolences to you all!

Condolence from Karen Lay on February 5th, 2021 10:22 am

Michael, Ann, Hanna, Matthew, Katie and Arica, we are sad to hear of Phyllis ‘ passing. We have so many wonderful memories of her. She was always so sweet, caring and filled with the joy of living every day to its fullest. Janet loved her so much. We have lost 2 very dear family members, but we were so blessed to have them in lives. Joy has always been the word that comes to mind when I think Phyllis. Love you all. Karen Lay

Condolence from Phyllis Meiggs on February 5th, 2021 10:45 am

Mike and Ann, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Her contagious laugh and warm smile were always present and made you feel special. Our deepest sympathy and condolences,
Will and Phyllis Meiggs

Condolence from Marsha Sanderlin on February 5th, 2021 10:45 am

So sorry for your loss Mike. I will always remember her kindness and beautiful smile.

Condolence from MRM Family on February 5th, 2021 11:33 am

Michael, Ann, Hannah, Matt, Katie and Arica, we were sad to hear of Phyllis’ death. We always looked forward to seeing her, she was always a barrel of laughs. Sweet, kind and loving. She loved her family and wanted the best for all. We will miss her along with Janet, our dear sister. Janet dearly love Phyllis. Take care and give our best to the family.
Laura, Fieldin and family
Milas, Barbara and Family
Karen and Mickey

Condolence from Frances Shannonhouse on February 5th, 2021 11:47 am

Michael, Ann and Hannah,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as Phyllis leaves to make her eternal home with the Lord. She was a dear lady, and will be missed.

Condolence from Patrice Stewart on February 5th, 2021 1:09 pm

I am truly sorry to hear of the passing Ms. Phyllis. Ms. Phyllis and I were co-workers at the Pasquotank County Tax Department. It was a pleasure to work with her. I remember her as a dedicated employee but most of all her bubbly personality and her welcoming smile.

My condolences to the family,

Patrice Stewart, Pasquotank Co. Tax Administrator

Condolence from Lisa, Scott, Taylor and Claire on February 5th, 2021 1:58 pm

Mike, Ann and Hannah,

We are so sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a special lady and will be missed. We are thinking of your family at this sad time.

Condolence from Wayne and Catherine Gardner on February 5th, 2021 2:08 pm

This breaks my heart for you, Mike, Ann and families. Phyllis was a joy to know. Her sweet ways her giant smile and love of people have made me be a better person. She was a blessing to all who new her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.

Condolence from H.P. on February 5th, 2021 7:15 pm

Mike and Ann on behalf of the family of Leona Williams we hope you know how much Phyllis meant to mom and to each of us. She was a true friend to Leona and brought joy to our life every time we would see her at Brookdale. Thank you for sharing her with us. We will miss seeing you at Brookdale but look forward to seeing you at Muddy’s.

Condolence from Jamie Koch on February 5th, 2021 8:34 pm

I always loved to see Mrs Phyllis. She was always smiling and visiting with everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Della Hicks on February 5th, 2021 10:09 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Phyllis. I will always cherish our little talks.
She always had a wonderful story to share with me. Mike, Ann and Family know
that you will be in my continued prayers. Mrs. Phyllis will always have a special place in my heart.

Condolence from Anita B. Whitehurst on February 6th, 2021 1:40 am

Mike, Ann and Family,

I am truly sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. Our paths crossed many times and I always enjoyed seeing her. She had a sweet spirit and welcoming personality. I know you will miss her greatly but I know you also have numerous memories to reflect on that will bring a smile or a chuckle to warm your heart. My condolences go out to each of you as you remember her.

Condolence from Louise Barbarisi on February 6th, 2021 11:27 am

Miss Phyllis was a wonderful and tender lady. You will missed.
Prayers for your family.

Condolence from Jean White on February 6th, 2021 1:53 pm

So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Gail on February 6th, 2021 5:09 pm

Our condolences to you Mike ,Ann and all of the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry , love Gail and Mike Hendricks and girls

Condolence from Jennifer Meads on February 6th, 2021 7:44 pm

Sorry for your loss going to miss her.

Faye and Jennifer Meads

Condolence from Rusty Hastings on February 6th, 2021 7:48 pm

Mike,Ann and family,Mike I’m really sorry to hear about your mom, she was a good friend to all and never met a stranger,known her since ‘sweet corn days,it’s tough loosing a mother as close as y’all were,please accept my condolences during these trying times

Condolence from Debbie Cherry on February 6th, 2021 8:07 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. Always enjoyed visiting with her when I would meet the “breakfast group”.

Condolence from Betty Bass on February 6th, 2021 8:28 pm

When I saw the picture of your Mom I thought I know that smile and I knew it was she. I was a member of the home extension club in Chowan County. We would help at the Craftsman fair in any way that they told us to do from helping the crafters to selling the food. We all loved going though the crafters and seeing what they had made since the last year. I always loved to see what your Mom had did. She was so friendly to everyone. The was one of the first people you wanted to see when you were there. I know it’s not going be easy to get though these first days that you have to go through. How I know the first, first is the hardest. The first Easter, the first thanksgiving & the first Christmas. It’s not easy but God is right there with you all. The second days are not as hard as the first. The seventh is what I am faceing this year of my husband passing. It’s the third for my Mom’s passing. I never knew how much I loved my husband until he took his last breath. I can’t believe that I could love my love one that much. Even though it is your Mom I know as sweet as she was you are going to have to have lots of first. Love remembering your Mom and keep the things that she liked alive as long as you can. In living memory, Betty Bass of Edenton NC

Condolence from RODNEY AND JENNIFER PARKER on February 7th, 2021 11:47 am

We are so sorry to learn Mrs. Sawyer passed away. She has a special place in our journey through life. Jenny and I met here before we got married. We met her when we rented 153 Belcross Road. back in 1998- 1999. That’s when the bond occurred. She would stop by often and have some sweet tea and talk about current events. She was such a “ray of sunshine”. She attended our wedding and we have videos of her dancing. As life moved on, whenever we saw her it was a given we would give each other big hugs. She will be missed. We send our love to all the family. RODNEY AND JENNIFER PARKER

Condolence from Linda Smithson Mercer on February 7th, 2021 11:58 am

Michael and Ann, I just have to share how much it meant to me to have spent time with Ms. Phyllis working on decorations for the Soybean Festival, especially the year she grew about 60 plus soybean plants in flower pots in her sunroom!! Hugh came in one day while I was there and the 3 of us reminisced about the high school senior play that Hugh and I were in, ” Nuts and Bolts”. We laughed a lot that day! Cherish your special memories !!

Condolence from Fred Upton on February 7th, 2021 12:06 pm

Mike, I’m very sorry to read about your mom. Hope you’re doing ok.

Condolence from Dona Whitehead Yunker on February 7th, 2021 12:31 pm

Mike, Ann and family, I am so sad to learn of Phyllis’ passing. I surely never realized that she had turned 90, as she never looked like she was aging to me. She was always dressed well, and wore a smile to match her personality. I first met her when she was a nurse at Dr.Nash,Jenkins & Williams office. We remained friends throughout the years through her Home Extension work, Craftman’s Guild, etc. She was certainly one of a kind, and heaven has gained an angel. I know she’s singing and dancing in the sky. May the memories she shared with you while here on earth give you some condolences and live on in your hearts. R.I.P. sweet friend. You will forever live on in my heart.

Condolence from Carolyn Jones Barnes on February 7th, 2021 2:55 pm

It was sad to hear of Phyllis passing. I grew up with Hugh on Fearing St. in the 50’s-60’s. She could fill up a room with her laugh and happy presence. Take care.

Condolence from Matt Wood on February 7th, 2021 2:58 pm

To my old friend Mike and the family, may peace be with you. Phyllis brought joy to life for so many. My earliest memory of Phyllis is when she and Alfred brought home Chinese food in the little cartons from Norfolk. I had never seen that before. They got kick out of showing us something new. When I think of her I will think of a smile. Her heart full of joy showed all around. Matt

Condolence from Barney and Jane Higgins on February 8th, 2021 12:41 pm

Ms Phyllis was such a sweet lady. So sorry for your loss. Praying comfort and peace for each of you.

Condolence from Angie and Matthew Wills on February 8th, 2021 9:20 pm

Prayers of comfort during this time of bereavement. It was a blessing to know Phyllis. May God bless you with peace and love.

Condolence from Addison and Susan Daniel on February 16th, 2021 11:37 am

Aunt Phyliis was always so kind to me, even when Mike, Hugh and I got into mischief. I remember well all the times I spent with her during the summers and the winter weekends when I would visit and spend time on Grandad Sawyer’s farm. My favorite memory is when she asked me to drive her to PA for my cousin’s wedding. She let me drive her new blue ’67 mustang all the way there and back. I will always think of her with a smile. Addison, Susan and family

Condolence from Court and Cath White on February 16th, 2021 4:34 pm

Farewell to a delightful friend; always a smile.
Phyllis could handle any challenge.

Condolence from Rene on February 16th, 2021 5:25 pm

Mike, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s death. She always came into the farm house smiling and laughing; the world got brighter around her.

Condolence from Jeanne Eisenhaure on March 9th, 2021 7:02 pm

So sad to hear about Ms. Phyllis – she was such an awesome lady – she will be missed by many♥️

Condolence from Linda Robinson on April 2nd, 2021 2:19 am

Ms. Phyllis was a lovely woman. I loved her smile and her humor. I didn’t know her that long, but she made such a good impression on me. I liked her the first time we met. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Gail Buckley Barringer on June 27th, 2021 12:20 pm

This is Gail Shannonhouse Buckley-Barringer. I live in Charlotte and I just found out about Phyllis’ passing from a post on Elizabeth City facebook page. I had been thinking of her recently and planned to call her. I’m so sorry that I didn’t know about her death. She was dear to me and close to my Mom (Hannah) and my Dad (A.C.).

My deepest condolences to Michael and family. I remember well when Phyllis used to bring Hannah over to my mom’s house to visit. I see on Hannah’s facebook page that she is now a beautiful woman.

Condolence from Ellen Perry Harris on June 21st, 2022 11:48 am

Mike, Ann and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your sweet Mother. She and I enjoyed many good times and stories of our nursing career. Phyllis was always kind and caring to everyone . May your wonderful memories bring you peace during this difficult time and in the weeks and months ahead.

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