E. Phyllis Greene

  • Born: December 23, 1925
  • Died: June 1, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

E. Phyllis (Cheever) Greene, a lifelong Melrose resident, passed away peacefully in Peabody on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at age 95.

Phyllis was born in Woburn on December 23, 1925, one of four daughters of the late Louis M. and Elizabeth M. (Walker) Cheever. A graduate of Melrose High School, Phyllis was married to Richard M. Greene in 1951, and raised her family of two sons in Melrose.

A generous, devout and caring woman, Phyllis proudly served the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as the Protestant Chaplain for over 20 years. With her ability to make connections and her innate friendly nature, she cherished her time supporting patients and families through their stay. She also proudly established the Protestant Chaplaincy Council at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to further her goal of helping patients with their spiritual needs.

For many years, Phyllis was an active member of the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. An animal lover, she cherished the companionship of her many pet dogs and cats over the years. A Melrose resident for over 50 years, Phyllis loved her home, but also had an affinity for the coast of Maine where she enjoyed spending summers with her family.

Always friendly and sociable, Phyllis never went anywhere without seeing someone she knew. She was a devoted wife to Richard and later in life to John Buxton. More recently, she was blessed with the steadfast friendship shared with Don Johnson. Phyllis will be missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late Richard M. Greene and John P. Buxton. Devoted mother of Jonathan M. Greene and his wife Jerlynn of Durham, NC, and Judson W. Greene and his wife Carolyn of Middleton. Dear sister of the late Priscilla Shaw, Gwendolyn Smith and Lois McKenney. Loving grandmother of Ian Greene, Colin Greene, Cara Kelly, and Jay McCune, and great-grandmother of 5.

Service Update:
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather for Phyllis' Funeral Service at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose on Sunday, October 3 at 1pm.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Sorry to hear about Auntie Phyl, I will always cherish the childhood memories of her visits to Sunset Road and again in Ocean Park.

Posted by Candace Provencal - Stoneham, MA - Family   June 09, 2021

Our sincere sympathy and blessings to Judd and Jonathan. Aunt Phyl was a loving, caring, generous lady. She loved hr church and her family/friends. She'll forever
be in our hearts with wonderful memories of our visits with her at Ocean Park,

Posted by Belinda/Glenn Hammond - Henniker, NH - Neighbor   June 09, 2021


So sorry to hear about your mom (Auntie Phyl) she was always there for my mom and dad no matter what. As Doug said I will also remember those good time spent in Melrose and in Maine with her.

Posted by Carolyn Morrison - Saco, ME - Family   June 08, 2021

Sorry to hear about Auntie Phyl. Found memories both in Melrose and Maine. Doug and Janice Shaw

Posted by Doug Shaw - Westborough, MA - Family   June 07, 2021

I remember your family fondly in my childhood memories of growing up on Ashland Street.

Posted by Connie Locke Quigley - South Portland, ME   June 05, 2021

I remember your mom at Bykota dances! Sending your family thoughts of peace and serenity.

Posted by Michelle Brodeur - Melrose, MA - Friend   June 04, 2021

Jonathan, Judson and Family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Mom. While I was growing up next door to the Highlands Congregational Church, she was a fixture in the neighborhood.

May she rest in peace.

Sue Daly

Posted by Sue Daly - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   June 04, 2021

Andrew Mclain I knew her well, she will be missed!

Posted by Andrew Mclain - Melrose, MA - Friend   June 03, 2021

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