Phyllis Mary (Getto) Benward

Wilmot, N.H. — Mrs. Phyllis Mary (Getto) Benward of Wilmot, aged 74 years, died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at New London Hospital of complications from a long-term illness.

Phyllis, daughter of Mathew and Emma (Rapp) Getto of New Jersey, is predeceased by her husband Kenneth E. Benward (1933-1986), her parents Matthew and Emma Getto, and survived by her brother, Mike of Reigelsville, Pa., brother, Paul of Stanhope, N.J.; sister, Barbara of Hellertown, Pa., sister, Dorothy of Milltown, N.J.; her four children, Shirley E. Barry of Newport and husband, Rodney, Kenneth J. Benward of Warner and wife, Connie, Nancy L. Bates of Andover and husband, Thomas, and Aisha Karen A. Khan of Spring, Texas, and husband Kamran; and six grandchildren, Emma, Lauren, Burhan, Kenneth, John and Yusuf.

Phyllis was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and her and her husband lived in New Jersey until 1980 when they moved to Wilmot. Phyllis was retired from the Mascoma School District in Canaan, N.H., where she worked for 20 years. Phyllis attended Community Lutheran Church in Enfield, N.H., where she was an active member for over 30 years. She loved gardening, reading, quilting and sewing, doing jigsaw puzzles, crafting, and, most of all, spending time with her family and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages those who knew Phyllis to contribute to a scholarship fund in honor of her and her late husband Ken; please make checks payable to Community Lutheran Church and clearly indicate that it is for the Kenneth E. and Phyllis M. Benward Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Calling hours will be held at the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London, N.H. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, and a service will be held at Community Lutheran Church in Enfield, N.H., on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 10 a.m.