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Phyllis (Brow) Olsen

February 18, 2016
Lake Placid News

Phyllis (Brow) Olsen, former resident of Lake Placid, passed away Dec. 2, 2015, at Plattsburgh, following a long illness. Burial took place in Bowdoinham, Maine on Dec. 14, 2015.

Born Aug. 8, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of Lynward H. and Dorothy (Wheeler) Brow.

Phyllis was descended through two original Mayflower families, those of William Brewster and Richard Warren. Raised and educated in Cranston, Rhode Island, Phyllis graduated from Cranston High School in 1945. Upon her graduation, she enlisted into the Army Cadet Nurse Corps, and began her nursing education. She graduated from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, Massachusetts in 1948.

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After graduation, Phyllis returned to her parents' home in Portland, Maine, and began her career as an obstetrical surgical nurse at Mercy Hospital. Phyllis and her siblings were active members of a young adult group at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland. It was there she met her husband, the late Robert (Bob) L. Olsen. They were married on Nov. 28, 1950, in Portland. Phyllis and Bob were just a few weeks away from celebrating their 60th anniversary, when Bob passed away on Oct. 10, 2010 at Saranac Lake.

Phyllis and Bob moved to Ithaca in 1959, along with their two daughters. Phyllis began a long career as an obstetrical nurse, working at both Tompkins County Hospital and for a number of local doctors. Her last position was night charge nurse on labor and delivery at the hospital. As Phyllis furthered her career, Bob furthered his in the banking community, at the then Tompkins County Trust Company. Bob was well known and highly respected in the banking industry. He was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. He held many positions, including president of the New York State Banker's Association. He taught banking and finance at Tompkins Cortland Community College and later served Cornell University's Extension Services in the North Country.

Phyllis retired from nursing in 1973, when Bob left his position in Ithaca to take the presidency of the Bank of Arcade, an Irving Trust bank. He ultimately served as the president/CEO of three Irving Trust banks; Arcade, Hancock and as the last president and CEO of the Bank of Lake Placid, retiring in 1988, prior to its becoming NBT Bank.

Phyllis and Bob were very active members of the Adirondack Community Church, and highly engaged in their community of Lake Placid, particularly with the DSS as volunteer drivers transporting area residents to doctor and hospital visits.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters Sally Evans, of Ossining and at the time of her passing, Cheryl Mitchell and her husband Dwight of Hooksett, New Hampshire; three grandchildren: Emily, Melanie and Thomas Mitchell; great-granddaughter Erynn Hunt, all of Hooksett; sisters Barbara Fletcher, Jeannette Dutcher, Lynda Fisher, Dorothy Lion and Constance Day; brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Lois Finney and Marcia Brow and her brother Edward Brow.

Phyllis's younger daughter Cheryl, 59, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Jan. 27, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.



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