Phyllis Wright

Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 8, 1923

Departed on December 6, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Hello Lord


It’s me, Phyllis Wright, the heart lady

I am at the ripe old age of 93.

Thank you for such a long and healthy life

I was once a child, then a young woman

I became a loving mother and devoted wife.


You blessed me with a beautiful family,

Two smiling boys and a bright eyed girl

Their little arms wrapped around my neck

Were more precious than a priceless pearl


You gave me grandchildren and great-grandchildren too.

They are the chocolate chips in my life.  Who knew?

A special added bonus for the long-lived few

Thank you, Lord!  Thank you!


Several states I have called home

How fortunate for me

I enjoyed good times in

New York, Florida and Tennessee


Brooklyn was my home base

Long Island not in my plan

But I fell in love with Fred

In 1946 I married my man.

It was in Hicksville that it all began.


Off it was to Hunter

Many summers spent there.

Rented cabins to many travelers and

Charged them a meager fare

My children and I enjoyed the country air.


Went swimming in the Schoharie creek

Basked in the summer sun

We had no cell phone, internet or TV

But we still had lots of fun.

Toasted marshmallows by the campfire glow

Played a game or two of Po-Ke-No

Or to the movies we would go.


Homemade pizza in the pans

Prepared by Nan and Joe’s magic hands

Oh, what a special treat!

Call the family to take a seat

The pizza’s hot

Come on, let’s eat!


Retired years upon us

Cold and snow to our dislike

Two snowbirds from NY

Travel on Florida’s Turnpike.

Our destination is Hudson

On the Sunshine State’s west coast

To our newly purchased villa

The home I love the most.


On my 80th birthday

I was with my grandson Drew

He took me to get my birthday present

A red heart tattoo!

My daughter nearly fainted

In astonishment for what I had done

My 14 year old granddaughter wanted a blue one!


In my twilight years I arrived at Park Place.

When you’re in your nineties you need a slower pace

Enjoyed a Mother’s Day Tea

With all my “daughters” and me

Posed for a picture on Elvis’ knee

Saw a classic car show for free

Went with the ladies on a shopping spree

I think about all the good friends I have made along the way

Special to me they all are today.


I have traveled to many places

So much to do and see

The rainbow in Kentucky

Is my dearest memory

I saw Ron’s smiling face gazing down upon me.


Thank you, Lord, for Frank Sinatra.

My favorite singer as you well know

To all his concerts I would surely go.

I could sing and dance to his music all night

Until I saw the morning light


And as “Ole Blue Eyes” might have said

When he was on his final bed

That’s Life! I did it My Way!

And Lord I sure enjoyed life’s ride

With you beside me as my guide.


A sincere word of gratitude must be extended to the entire staff of Alive Hospice Nashville for their warm and comforting presence and the precious care given to Phyllis during her last days. Not one act of kindness went unnoticed, and we as a family are greatly appreciative.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice of Nashville at

Please be sure to select the "Tribute Gift" option and note a donation in memory of Phyllis Wright. You may also mail your donations to Alive Hospice, Inc., 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

9 Comments to Phyllis Wright

  1. John and Diane Price
    December 7, 2016 8:18 pm

    We always enjoyed the lovely occasions we spent with Phyllis. Our love and prayers to her entire family, John and Diane Price

  2. Sally and Ted Trenta
    December 8, 2016 6:59 pm

    Phyllis was one of our favorite people.
    We are so glad we were able to spend time with her the
    last two summers. We will miss her.
    Sally and Ted Trenta

  3. The Holm Family
    December 9, 2016 11:57 am

    Our deepest sympathy. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Fran & Charles Cino
    December 9, 2016 4:09 pm

    Its amazing when we read the above, we could hear you telling the story of your wonderful, long life. You will be missed. Sorry we never got to see you in Tennessee, but know you are in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  5. Donald and Richard
    December 9, 2016 5:48 pm

    Our deepest sympathies are with you during this difficult time. I feel so lucky that I was able to have your mom in my life. She will be sorely missed by everyone. We should all be thankful that a new Angel will be looking over us.

  6. Lydia and Alan
    December 10, 2016 11:25 am

    She is at peace and with so many she loved and now we will cherish the memory of this wonderful woman. We will miss her and her gorgeous smile, her sparkling eyes and her loving ways. We send our love to you all and thank you for the perfect poem and fantastic slideshow that allows us to reminisce about all of our lives.

  7. Grace Curfman
    December 10, 2016 1:43 pm

    May God bless my friend for the happiness you have brought to our lives. with love Grace

  8. Liz and Bobby Dann
    December 11, 2016 2:38 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all right now. Mom will be sorely missed and we look forward to our reunion some day in Heaven. She is probably telling everyone up there about her “Magianno’s” meatballs and chocolate ice cream that you would bring to her…LOL. We have some wonderful memories to keep in our hearts. Love and hugs to all of you.

    On a personal note, thank you for sharing “mom” and all of your family with me for the last 54 years. Darlene, the tender and loving care you gave Mom, especially since losing Dad, has been amazing. She truly appreciated all that you have done for her and loved you dearly. You even made her “bucket list” dreams come true in the end. A lot of people may not realize “the labor of love” it truly was, and the sometimes difficult balance with also taking care of your own family, but I have a pretty good idea. Well done, my friend! You are the best!

  9. Gloria Leslie
    December 12, 2016 11:50 am

    I’ll miss you Phyllis. You left me with love and fond memories. God Bless.

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