Phyllis A. (Anderson) RobertsDecember 19, 1934 ~ July 12, 2017 (age 82)
Phyllis Anderson Roberts, a resident of Tarrytown, New York, passed away July 12, 2017 at Brightview Tarrytown, a caring Senior Living Community.
Phyllis was born on December 19, 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota to Elsa and Orville Anderson. Phyllis began her lifelong journey as a pianist at the age of five. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 1957 from Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin and received her Master of Arts degree in 1966 from The City University of New York.
Upon graduating Lawrence College, Phyllis moved to New York and began her teaching career privately and in the Pelham Public Schools where she taught for 7 years. She continued her career and commitment to teaching children the beauty, history and fundamentals of music and voice in the Ossining Public Schools where she taught from 1971 to 1992.
Phyllis’s love of music and the arts went far beyond her teaching career as an active member of the New York City Opera Guild and several small artist programs. During her retirement, she was a founding member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild as well as serving as president of the Salvation Army Auxiliary from 2000 through 2002.
Phyllis returned to New York in January 2011. While living in the Senior Living Community she continued, for hours at a time, giving piano lessons to a very special woman, Tomomi Trudell. The time they spent together helped Phyllis through most of her struggle with Dementia and Parkinson’s, which ended with the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Phyllis was predeceased by her loving husband, Hugh Llewelyn Roberts, Jr. She leaves her daughters Genée Roberts and Carol Roper, husband Terry Roper, grandchildren Jocylen Roberts, Jake and Jesse Roper, great grandchildren Kaiden and Kailee, sister-in-law Connie Anderson and 9 nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Las Vegas Philharmonic 1412 S. Jones Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146 or online lvphil.org in memory of Hugh L. Roberts, Jr. and Phyllis A. Roberts.
Jocylen Roberts approached the Westchester Chapter of Alzheimer’s to begin the 1st 5K Run to end Alzheimer’s. October 30, 2016 was the 1st run. Kensico Cemetery hosted the beautiful event and $20, 000 was raised. This year a tribute will be made to honor Phyllis at the 2nd annual 5K Run at Kensico Cemetery on October 29th. Anyone may sign up to run or enjoy in support of ending Alzheimer’s.