Phyllis Florence McGrorty
McGrorty Our beloved mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend Phyllis Florence McGrorty was taken into God's loving arms on April 23, 2003 at Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Stillwater. She was 93 years young and was a resident of Stillwater at the time of her death. Phyllis was born June 1, 1909 to Dorothy and Wilbur Forsyth in Minneapolis. She was raised in Minneapolis, was a graduate of Central High School and an alumna of Miss Woods School of Early Education (now part of Macalaster College), where she was awarded her teaching certificate. She taught Nursery school for several years in Minneapolis. Phyllis married Marcus D. McGrorty on November 23, 1929 at the Incarnation Catholic Church in Minneapolis. They had six children together and lived most of their married life in Minneapolis before moving to Stillwater, where they built their home on Lake Carnellian. In retirement, the two operated and owned an antique market for several years in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Throughout her life, Phyllis showed an abundant love of people and was always dedicated to her family and those who sought her counsel or friendship. In her younger years she was an avid gardener and loved nature, music and the arts. Her many passions also included cooking, sewing, travel, and a keen appreciation for antiques. She was predeceased by an infant son, Michael, in 1937, and her husband, Marcus ("Mac") in 1986. Phyllis is survived by daughters, Dorothy (William, Sr.) Hebner of Minneapolis and Marylou (Raymond, Sr.) O'Donnell of Oswego, New York; and sons, Michael (Nancy) McGrorty of Helena, Montana, Wilbur (Kathy) McGrorty of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and Mark (Terry) McGrorty of Stillwater, Minnesota. She is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren. Phyllis McGrorty leaves a legacy of faith in God, love, and caring, which she has instilled in all of her family and friends. Her earthly life has passed, but her spirit and goodness will forever remain with us. We will all miss her love, laughter and wonderful sense of humor. May God bless you and keep you until we meet again. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 28, 2003 (10 AM) at ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 611 South 3rd Street, Stillwater. Visitation Sunday, 3-5 PM at the funeral home. Interment Fairview Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Simonet Funeral Home 651-439-7770 Family Owned Since 1864
Published on April 25, 2003
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