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“Mrs. Powers was a lovely woman and such a great Mother, just a beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Powers Family. ...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“The Chasse Family would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the entire Power's Families'. Mrs. Powers was a wonderful, caring woman. She will be...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Paul Chasse - Gloucester, MA

“I would like to offer my sympathy to the entire Powers family. Mom was a great lady wherever she went. Please put your favorite picture of her on...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrsoe, MA

“My most sincere sympathies in the loss of your wonderful mother ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: BettyAnn Singleton-Stall (Chasse)

“Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you at this time of great loss. Mrs. Powers was an amazing woman, loved by all. We are with all of you at...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Pauline Philie - EAST SANDWICH, MA

“Andy and Jeannie and Family, My sincerest condolences on the passing of Andy's Mother, I hope all the wonderful, sweet memories you have with her...Read More »
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7 of 8 | Posted by: Al Donovan - Tewksbury, MA

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8 of 8 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague Gately - MA


Phyllis Audrey Alves Powers died peacefully August 13,2018 surrounded by her nine children , many of their spouses and her cherished grandchildren. Phyllis was born April 21, 1930 to Alfred Enos Alves and Helen O'Donnell Alves. Phyllis was one of eight children and was the beloved sister of Eugene Francis , Edward Joseph, Theodore Peter "Teddy", Kenneth , Claire Alves Fell , Lorraine Alves Agostino and Eleanor Alves Donovan.

She was the cherished wife of Andrew Kenneth "Kenny" Powers whom she met at Medford High School and married September 6, 1952. Kenny was the love of her life and left us all too soon on April 19,1986.

Phyllis attended nursing school at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and graduated in the top of her class. She worked full time as a nurse at various hospitals while raising her nine children and worked at Spaulding Rehab as a visiting nurse well into her seventies serving patients in Chelsea and East Boston.

Phyllis leaves her nine children. Her son Andrew Kenneth , wife Jean Masiello Powers and their children Natalie Casey and Kenny Powers as well as great grandchildren Kyla and Colin Casey; daughter Mary Beth Abbott, husband Larry , children Kelly Abbott and Melissa Cucciniello and great grandchildren Sienna and Joey Cucciiniello and Matty Papagikos; son Paul Joseph , wife Anette Holmberg Powers ,children Dawn Paulsen and Chris Powers; daughter Debra Gould , her husband John and children Haley and Jack Gould; son Scott Francis , his wife Nancy Smith Powers and children Emily, Brian and Katie Powers; daughter Phyllis Powers , her husband Ned Philie and children Drew, Ali, Adam, Aidan and Austin Philie; daughter Lynne McCormack husband John and children James and Maggie McCormack ; son Kevin Michael , his wife Valerie Bogdan Powers and children Taylor and Kyle Powers; son Sean Michael, his wife Annie O'Doherty Powers and children Brendan , Sarah and John Powers.

Phyllis above all things loved her family. She put everyone else first and has left us all with a lasting legacy.

Special thanks to our sister Lynne McCormack who was a constant caregiver for our Mother at the end of her life.

Rest In Peace with our father.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 PM. *Please note Funeral is on Saturday 8/18/18. Funeral Procession from the Gately Funeral Home, on Saturday morning August 18th at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.