Phyllis Lee  Ormiston
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. - Phyllis Anne Lee Ormiston, born in Endicott on Sept. 27, 1940, died in Manchester, New Hampshire on Oct. 31, 2019.
She was known as "Gram" to her family and "Philly" to dear friends. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Phyllis had an inherently curious mind and was a natural teacher.
After graduating from Oswego State College, she taught kindergarten at Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport, was the education coordinator for head start in Schoharie County and taught GED classes for BOCES in Grand Gorge.
Phyllis had a flair for transforming spaces both inside and out and was an avid and talented gardener. She was an active volunteer in numerous organizations with formal roles in Cub Scouts, Scotch Valley Ski Team, Robinson Terrace Coffee Shop, Core Values and Stamford Village Improvement Association.
Phyllis and dear friend, Bette McDowell initiated the first "flower barrels" along Main Street in Stamford, as well as the holiday wreaths, both traditions that SVIA has perpetuated to this day.
In their later years, Phyllis and Dick, her beloved husband of 57 years, began spending their summers in Bradford, New Hampshire, hosting grandkids and friends on the lake and becoming known for their famous pancake breakfasts. Regardless of whether they were in Stamford or Bradford, friends and neighbors knew they could always find Phyllis and Dick sitting on their front porch, ready to offer lively conversation and a cold drink.
A loyal and committed friend, Phyllis was always a person you could count on. Whether it was whipping up a wedding cake, making a prom or wedding dress, reupholstering a chair, creating one of her signature dried-flower arrangements or simply providing a warm meal for an unexpected guest, Phyllis was always there.
As a mother, she instilled kindness and a strong work ethic in her children and served as a "second mom" to many of their friends.
Phyllis and Dick had a true love story...still holding hands after 55 years, and had just begun a new chapter together in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Dick; sister, Elsie; sons, Lee (Kasey) and Todd (Elizabeth); and grandchildren, Tucker, Maddox, Andie and Chase.
She was predeceased by her sister, Gloria Dykman; mother, Myra Schoening Lee; and father, Maynard Alphonso Lee.
A memorial celebration will be held at the Mill Pond Inn in Jefferson from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Another memorial celebration will be held at a later date in Bradford, New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stamford Village Improvement Association (SVIA) are welcome by sending a check to: SVIA, P.O. Box 44, Stamford, NY 12167, or by donating online at
Published on November 4, 2019
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Neil haynes
Nov 22, 2019
Super great lady. Now an angel.
Elizabeth Harlan
Nov 14, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Phyllis Lee Ormiston.  Plant a tree
Elizabeth Harlan
Nov 14, 2019
Our thoughts are with you, dear Todd and the Ormiston family, at the passing of your beloved mom. Her glowing obituary is a stunning addendum to the resume you bring to heading up North Country Treetops. The Harlans hold you in our hearts. Elizabeth, Josh, and Noah
Nov 08, 2019
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Carol Barber
Nov 06, 2019
I was fortunate enough to teach Phyllis and Dick’s two sons. Then I got really lucky and Phyllis became my teacher and friend. I benefited from her green thumb, her amazing creativity and her giving nature. She was always there when I needed advice, had household emergencies, or needed a shoulder to cry on. She visited my mom when I lived far away and put flowers in cemeteries when she knew I wanted to; but couldn’t be there to do it. She taught me to tell those dear to me that I love them - often and out loud.
Marlena Nickerson
Nov 06, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of Phillis’ passing. My condolences to Dick and family.
Kathi (Sanzari) Jerauld
Nov 05, 2019
I am so surprised to hear about Phyllis’ passing. I am so sorry for your loss!
My love goes out to the family.
Chuck and Linda Nydam
Nov 05, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Phyllis's passing.It was always great to work beside her as she didn't quit until the job was done.
Know we are thinking of you.
Jean Hull
Nov 05, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the entire Ormiston family. Phyllis and I connected many years ago when she kindly and generously joined me in teaching GED at the Occupational Center in Grand Gorge. As my ESL teaching grew to include more part-time and then full-time work in Greene County schools, Phyllis was more than happy to take over the full-time GED teaching. She did this capably, and I know the students enjoyed and learned a great deal during her years there. Also at that time, she was both kind and more than generous with sharing her plants and flowers with me. She spent the better part of a rainy morning digging up many things from her garden, with strict orders to replant them immediately! ...I did so, and I have the plants to this day! In addition, all that Phyllis has done for the village of Stamford will never be forgotten.Read more
Liz Power
Nov 05, 2019
I am shocked to hear this. I ran into her at the grocery store about 10 days ago. My prayers go out to the family.
Betty Becker
Nov 05, 2019
Great lady. Always ready to lend a hand when needed. Always had a smile for everyone! My thoughts and prayers are with her family.