AUGUSTA — Phyllis Evelyn Segars, 92, of Glenridge Rehab and Nursing Care, Augusta, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, Feb. 24, after an extended illness.
She was born in Medford, Mass., on Aug. 28, 1919, to Philip N. Reid and Mildred F. (Prescott) Reid Plante. Phyllis graduated from Wakefield High School, Wakefield MA. with the class of 1938. She married Mark A. Newbegin on Sept. 8, 1939, and together they raised their family in Wakefield, Mass.
She was a Girl Scout leader and worked extensively with the Jr. Redmen. She held part-time jobs at J.J. Newberry Co. and the Holiday Bakery. Later, she became an assistant insurance underwriter at American Mutual Insurance Co., also in Wakefield, Mass. She held that position until her retirement in 1976. After retirement, she and Mark started a new adventure and moved to Maine in order to be nearer to family. She and her family also enjoyed many wonderful vacations at Bradford Cove, Ossipee, N.H.
While living in Standish, she was a very active member of the Grace Lutheran Church. She handmade many of the altar cloths as well as other needed items. Phyllis was a devout Christian who faithfully served her Lord.
Phyllis was an avid reader, a passionate Red Sox fan who also loved the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting and sewing. She made many beautiful sweaters for her family. For a number of years, she knit baby hats, blankets and Christmas stockings for the newborn babies at Mercy Hospital in Portland. She had more than 700 hours in volunteer service with the Nifty Knitters. In her younger years she enjoyed ceramic classes, making a number of Christmas trees for her family. She also enjoyed making jewelry and working up macrame pieces.
Phyllis was married to Mark for over 52 years. Three years after his passing, Phyllis married Raymond Segars. They shared 11 companionable years together and were active members at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Gray.
She will be sadly missed by her children, Linda Sweeney and her husband, Donald, of Manchester; Richard Newbegin and his wife, Fusea, of Princeton, N.C.; her sister, Pauline Doucett, of Grants Pass, Ore.; sister-in-law, Edith Reid, of Smithfield, N.C.; grandchildren, Mark D. Lary and his significant other, Maureen, of Janesville, Wis., Christine Berry and her husband, Scott, of Manchester, Janet Whitten of Manchester, Richard Newbegin Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Wakefield, Mass., and Andrew Newbegin of Princeton, N.C. Nana’s special great-grandchildren include BreAnna Dunbar, Adam Dunbar, McKenna Lary, Colin Barton, Garrett Whitten, Natalie Whitten, Sophie Bates, Helen Barton, Ashley Newbegin and Kaitlyn Newbegin.
Phyllis was predeceased by both husbands as well as her brother, Robert Reid; and her brother-in-law, Walter R. Doucett.