2018-08-15 / Obituaries

Phyllis Bouton

Phyllis P. Bouton, 84, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Phyllis was born on May 10,1933 at home in Belgium. Her older sister, Helen Hurd, raised her. Upon graduating from high school she became a legal secretary where she met her future husband. She was married to James M. Bouton Jr. on August 16, 1952. They were married a few months short of 50 years, when James passed away. They raised two children, and after retiring they built a house and moved “home” to Roxbury.

Every summer in the 1960s Phyllis ran the swim program and then was the head lifeguard for the Roxbury summer program. Thanks to the Shepard family, “the lake” by the golf course was used so that Phyllis and her crew were able to teach hundreds of kids how to swim. Many can remember swimming the ropes, diving at the dam, and becoming Red Cross certified at the pump house. Rain or shine, warm or cold, Phyllis’s goal was to teach every person how to be able to swim and be safe on water. She also worked as a secretary at Briarcliff High School while her children were growing up, knowing that Roxbury was where “home” was.

She and Mac (James) moved up to Roxbury in 1983 and spent the next 25 years enjoying life. There she was actively involved in helping to raise her first grandson Jimmy as well as Jennifer and Jed. She was involved with the Roxbury Public Library and was a sponsor and active member of AA, making many new friends on the way. At the same time she and her good friend, Betty Munro had some great adventures traveling to Montana and as far away as Austria.

True to her dream of doing something different at age 80, she moved to Montana, always reminding folks that her real home was in Roxbury. In Montana she was able to spend time with her daughter and last two grandchildren, Kevin and Casey. She loved adventure and while in Montana she can claim piloting a large pontoon boat on Whitefish Lake, being sworn in as The Spring’s “Queen” of the Whitefish Winter Carnival, looking down upon the Flathead Valley in a hot air balloon, and flying in an open-air biplane over the mountains.

She is preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years.

She is survived by her sister, Helen Hurd of North Rose; her two children, Jim and Susan; five grandkids, Jimmy, Jed, Jennifer, Kevin, and Casey, and two great grandkids, Jillian and Colin. She was awaiting the birth of another grandson in October.

There will be a graveside ceremony for the immediate family on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. There will be a celebration of her life at the Roxbury Fire Hall from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. All who knew her are welcome. Just bring yourself and a good story to share about Phyllis. Until the end, her gift was to laugh and make friends with everyone, and the night before her death she was up dancing and laughing with those around her.

She died at her Montana home surrounded by family and is now with Mac and the dog, dancing in the fields of green.

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