May 21, 2019

Phyllis C. (Swierk) Salley, R.N.


Phyllis C. (Swierk) Salley, R.N., 81, passed away Thursday morning at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born August 28, 1936 in Pawtucket, RI, and was the daughter of the late Anthony P. and Agatha (Nyzio) Swierk. She was the devoted wife of Robert L. Salley to whom she married on April 23, 1960.

Phyllis attended Catholic schools throughout her youth, and after graduating she trained at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She served as Class President and was also a delegate for the National Nurse Association in Philadelphia, PA. Phyllis and Bob married in 1960 and together they built their house on their property in Rehoboth.

She was involved in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, baseball and softball with her children in the earlier days. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Box 2 Association. She served as a Warden in Precinct 1 on all voting days. Phyllis was employed at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for many years after obtaining her RN license. When the children were older she went back to work in the Special Care Nursery at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Phyllis loved spending time at their second home on Pine River Pond in Wakefield, NH with family and friends. Her hobbies included traveling, gardening, crossword puzzles and card games.

In addition to her husband, Phyllis is survived by her 5 children: Deborah J. Rogers and longtime companion Allan Machado of Rehoboth; Judith L. Kercher of Seekonk; Elaine V. Carvalho and her fiancé Eugene M. Chermelowski of Seekonk; Paul J. Salley and wife Donna M. Salley of East Bridgewater; Linda E. Salley and longtime companion Charles Thibault of Nashville, TN; 4 grandchildren: Paul D. Rogers, Cecelia L. Salley, Christopher L. Salley, Amanda M. Carvalho; and 1 great-grandaughter Emma LaRose.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend a visitation from 4-8pm on Tuesday April 3, 2018 in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck Street, Attleboro.

A funeral was held on Wednesday April 4, 2017 at 9AM from Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs Church, Coyle Drive, Seekonk. Burial followed in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Park Street, Rehoboth.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’s name may be made to Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, Inc. PO Box 156 Rehoboth, MA 02769.

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