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Phyllis J. Garnsey

April 12, 2023

PPhyllis Garnseyhyllis J. Garnsey, 89, of Clayton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

She was born May 18, 1933 to Samuel M. and Edna Putnam Spence. She attended schools in Alexandria Bay and Clayton before marrying James L. Garnsey on January 5, 1951 at the Clayton Methodist Church with Rev. Solomon Card officiating.

Phyllis and Jim made their home on Bartlett Point Road in Clayton with Phyllis remaining there after Jim's passing on February 25, 2003. She was a seasonal worker at the TI Bait Store, Alexandria Bay. Her greatest joys were helping raise her two grandchildren, Sunday drives to anywhere, Minus Mike, vanilla ice cream, and being near the St. Lawrence River.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter Shari Shelnutt, Fulton; granddaughter Jane M. Clark and great granddaughter Sadie, both of Camden; two brothers, Patrick Spence, Waddington and Roger Spence, Riverside, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Jim, she was predeceased by her adopted son, Richard M. Garnsey, sister Patricia; five brothers, Robert, John, Richard, David, and Neil Spence; and grandson Matthew L. Shelnutt.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 1PM at St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Phyllis' family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local Hospice would be appreciated by her family.


#6 Susan Ellsworth 2023-04-18 06:48
Goodbye my Godmother. May you rest in peace and be reunited with Jim. I will miss you! Until we meet again
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#5 Walt & Cathy Perry 2023-04-17 14:31
We just lost a very special person in Phyllis.I had some very fond memories of her from being together at the TI Bait store. Lots of laughs and the traveling to the different buying trips. She was always a joy to be with. Fly high with Jim sweet lady.
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#4 Jane Paul 2023-04-17 13:38
Remembering our times going back and forth to Rome. RIP Phyllis will always remember you. Prayers and Hugs to family. Luv yas.
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#3 Terry Jones 2023-04-17 12:24
Phyllis was such a wonderful lady. So sweet and kind. As a member of the band Minus Mike I always enjoyed looking out in the crowd and seeing Phyllis clapping to the music. She will be missed for sure. Rest in Peace sweet Phyllis.
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#2 Judy Agar 2023-04-17 09:12
Phyllis was my right hand girl. We have lots of memories together to cherish. You were my second Mom, Until we meet again. Love you forever.
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#1 Marilyn Cook 2023-04-17 07:30
Phyllis was one of my favorite people. Have great memories of our time running the ice cream shop in Clayton. Have not spent much time with her since my move to Indiana. The Village lost a great citizen when she passed away.
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