Phyllis J. Handy


Phyllis J. Handy died at the Home of the Good Shepherd December 13, 2020. Phyllis was born in New Haven, Connecticut, March 26, 1932, and lived with her grandparents, Fred and Gertrude Richmond, and her beloved Aunt Ruby, until the age of thirteen when she moved to Schenectady, New York. There, she graduated from Mont Pleasant High School and met her future husband, Allen K. Handy, marrying in 1951. They were married for 68 years until Allen’s death last February 2020. After many years as a homemaker, Phyllis worked as a claims adjuster at Traveler’s Insurance in Albany, New York, before retiring many years ago.

Phyllis attended the Baptist Church in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and joined Rotterdam [formerly Fishers] United Methodist Church after marrying Allen. During her membership she was once the treasurer and was very active in the women’s groups at the church.

Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Allen, parents Louis and Pearl Farr, and her sister Beverly Fowke. She is survived by her children, Sandra Miller and her husband Joel, David Handy and his wife Paula, and Larry and his wife Kathy. Phyllis is also survived by her grandchildren, Joel Handy, Todd Handy, Alyssa Gates, Deborah Crouse and Emily Handy. Phyllis was proud of her grandchildren, Ben, Scarlett, Flora, Eliza, Isla, and Cora. She had many nieces and nephews, but was especially grateful for her niece, Nancy Langlie, who provided attentive support of Phyllis in her later years.

Donations in Phyllis’ memory may be sent to Rotterdam United Methodist Church, Rotterdam, New York.

Guest Book

Wendy Adams Nelson

So sorry for your loss. My parents were good friends with the Handy’s and they were their travel companions on many a trip. I am sure they are reminiscing in heaven right now. Take care and may God bless.

Sandra Miller

She was my very special mother. I loved her so much and I will miss her very much. She was always there for me. We did a lot of fun things together.

Kathleen Handy

Remembering Phyllis with love and appreciation for her many kind gestures and passions including her love of birds and dogs. She loved being outdoors with her flower and vegetable gardens. Puzzles were another form of engagement with Phyllis, which visitors as well would enjoy. Phyllis also loved crossword puzzles, other word puzzles, and using her computer. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were two television shows she rarely missed. Family history was another passion. She will be missed, and I wish her peace and love.