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Phyllis SAWYER

May 8, 1925 — September 6, 2021

Phyllis S. SAWYER, 96, of Whitesville, NY, died Monday, September 6, 2021 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.

Born May 8, 1925, in Whitesville, she was the daughter of Minard J. and Mildred Erway Swort.  On March 12, 1945, in the Brooklyn Navy Chapel, she married Robert H. Sawyer, who predeceased her on December 31, 1998.  A graduate of Whitesville High School, she was employed as one of the first telephone operators in Whitesville.  She then was employed by Community Bank and last as a secretary by Whitesville Central School, retiring in 1982.  Phyllis was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Whitesville.

Surviving are:  a son, Kevin J. Sawyer of Whitesville;  four grandchildren, Samantha Bentley of Deltona, FL, Jamie Sawyer of FL, Kari Sawyer of Stannards, and Jenelle Sawyer of Whitesville;  and five great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Jerry Robert Sawyer, on July 8, 2013;  and a brother, Donald Swort.

A graveside service will be held in Whitesville Rural Cemetery on a later date.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 135, Whitesville, NY 14897.

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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