Phyllis was born 13th June 1917 and lived all her life in Atherstone, Warwickshire until 2011 when she moved to Newton Aycliffe to save her daughter Josie travelling a 370 mile round trip to visit her.  Her husband Harry passed away in 1996 and they were devoted to one another being married for 56 years. Phyllis did not want to leave her home and her daughter travelled to Atherstone for 15 years to  attend to her needs. Then a flat became available in Avon Court which Phyllis viewed and liked. After it was fitted it out with her home comforts she moved here in 2011, settling in well to start her new life in Newton Aycliffe.

In her lifetime she worked in the hatting and shoe industries, but was deployed to a munitions factory during the war which she said was a very dangerous job as you could have been blown up at any time. She married Harry Morris  in 1940 on Armistice Day who was serving in The Irish Fusiliers. They only had the one daughter Josephine (70) and she married Stuart Davison. Josephine told Newton News: “We are just blessed and thankful that she is still here”. Josephine and Stuart have three sons. Leigh lives in Eaglescliffe, Paul lives in Indianapolis USA, Neil in New Zealand and they both flew over to be with Phyllis on this special occasion. Phyllis has four greatgrandchildren two live here, Maxwell and Annabelle with two in the USA, Sophia and William.