Florence (Letterie) Phillips

  • Born: July 30, 1930
  • Died: May 12, 2017
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Florence by adding your memories.

Florence (Letterie) Phillips passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Emergency Room suddenly on May 12, 2017 at the age of 86. Florence was born in East Boston on July 30, 1930 to the late James & Florence (Delucia) Letterie. She was raised in East Boston, attended East Boston High School and lived most of her life in East Boston. Mrs. Phillips moved to Melrose in the 1990's to be closer to her daughters. She worked for many years as a seamstress in the garment district in Boston on West Street. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend who cherished spending time with her family. Florence was the beloved wife of the late Edward Phillips. Loving mother of Joyce Phillips of Melrose and the late Elaine Ford. Caring sister of Rose Cedrone of East Boston and the late Louis, Patsy, James & Frank Letterie, Mary Rao and Nora Szymanski. Caring grandmother of Joshua & Daniel Ford and great grandmother of Harley Jeannette Ford. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 9:00-10:00AM, followed by a funeral service at 10AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Florence and my Father were Inlaws. Edward was Louie Sr., brother. May all be well for your families. May God be with them in their eternal peace.

Posted by Louie Phillips - Bryans Road, MD - Family   May 15, 2017

Dear Joyce,

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your Dear Mother who I had the pleasure knowing and spending time with when I visited with her best friend Diane Bradshaw (NANA).
I would love to listen to the both of them with their stories and they had many to share with everyone and we had a lot of good laughs together. I will miss her and was so happy I got to know her and spend time with her.

My Sincere Sympathy,
Love & God Bless
Nancy Nunez & Family

Posted by Nancy Nunez - Saugus, MA - Friend   May 15, 2017

Flo will be truly missed by the entire Bradshaw Family...the many colorful conversations between my mother Anna and Flo will remain in hearts forever...all my love....Violet (Bradshaw) Radzikowski.

Posted by Violet Radzikowski - Peabody, MA   May 15, 2017


Remembering our sweet Aunt Flo. Will always cherish her smile and warm hugs.

Posted by Joey and Linda Szymanski - Oklahoma City, OK - Family   May 14, 2017


Sending prayers during this difficult time.4ghpg

Posted by Victoria (Toy) Phillips - Franklin, IN - Family   May 13, 2017


I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace!
Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.
Peggy Phillips & Family

Posted by Hope Phillips - MARTINSVILLE, IN - Family   May 13, 2017


The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   May 13, 2017

Family Album

Joshua and Gram, at Joshua's Graduation from the academy.
Joshua with Gram at his graduation from the academy.