Phyllis Joy Greenfield, 1931 – 2015


Bye, Mom.


I hope you will forgive me for not replying to each comment below, but thank you for your kind words and thoughts.

75 thoughts on “Phyllis Joy Greenfield, 1931 – 2015

  1. Dennis Murphy

    Scott, so sorry to hear about your loss. Treasure the positive memories. I do with my mom, who died in 1979. I’m sure she was plenty proud of you.

    My deepest condolences,


  2. debby

    So sorry for your loss, Mr. Greenfield.

    She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
    She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
    Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
    “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”

    (Proverbs 31:27)

  3. Christopher Crawshaw

    I empathize with your loss, my deepest condolences. I hope you find solace, in the knowledge of a life well lived.

  4. Karl Erich Martell

    Our condolences as well – so glad you had the good time together. God be with you all in this difficult time.

  5. Bob Brandon

    Very much in my thoughts and condolences. Looking at how you’ve turned out, I think it’s fair to say that your mom was your biggest fan and proud of what you do and stand for.

  6. Jim Tyre

    I’m so sorry, Scott. Losing a parent is always difficult, my condolences to you and your family.


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  8. Anne Krone

    There are absolutely no words that anyone can say that will make this better. Focus on the good memories and cry as much as you feel like.

  9. Ehud Gavron

    My condolences… your loss must be enormous. I’m sure she was proud of the good you’re doing in this world. Cheers, mate.

  10. LTMG

    Sincere condolences for your loss. Hope that you and your family will persevere in this difficult time.

  11. John Barleycorn

    Rest in Peace Phyllis Joy.

    Don’t worry about your little boy. Your grandchildren will keep him in line if his editor lets him wander too far off the reservation.

    My condolences to you and your family Scott.

  12. Luke Gardner

    Sorry to hear of your loss Scott. My condolences to your whole family.

    I have my mother living here at home with us. She’ll be 94 next week. As hard as it can sometimes be, I still dread the day she passes.

    Be well.

  13. FN

    I am so sorry. I lost my father Dec 17th. I think about him every day. I have regrets–most really baseless–but it still haunts me even though I know logically better.

    One focus on the memorial and burial for now. After that is over it is bills, cancelling things, and the estate.

    Funeral director should handle notifying Soc Security. Have her SS# handy. They will also get your death cert. Have them get a dozen copies–you will need them and you don’t want to wait to order them later.

    Check any places she worked for (pension), any credit cards, organizations she belonged to for small life insurance claims for members. It helps with the costs of burial.

    Someone needs to write her obit…and maybe put together a memorial.

    Keep track of all expenses, all letters coming in or going out (log them) to thank and contact friends, find out what services need cancelling. We held off on email and phone accounts for friend and debt contacts), but will be stopping this this week.

    Bank, Insurance, Car titles, Home/property (get value), IRA, stock (get price on date of death and store it somewhere), need to do final tax and possibly estate tax at some point this year. Search her computer–hope you have list of passwords.

    Give clothing, books, etc away. Start divvying up mementos, etc. Be prepared to find the things a mom keeps of her children’s; loves as they grow up all throughout her home and share them with your siblings/kids. It will choke you up. Even now I find something and wonder if it had special meaning for my father in some what that is now lost to us for not asking sooner.

    Some sleepless nights and pain. But that is because you loved her.

  14. Cristian

    If the public service you offer with this blog is any indication, you’re already greatly honoring your mother’s memory.

    Godspeed to you and yours as your mourn and cherish everything Mrs. Greenfield meant to you.

  15. Orin Kerr

    Scott, so sorry to hear about this. I extend my condolences to you and your family. May her memory be a blessing.

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