Having lived a long, healthy and active life, Dorothea “Dot” Bancroft Phillips completed her life’s journey on July 28, 2014 at Sterling House of Englewood in Rotonda West, Florida. Dot was born on July 7, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY to George and Lillian Bancroft. Dot began dancing at the age of three and enjoyed all types of music and dance throughout her life. Her family moved to Vermont when Dot was in high school where she taught dance to local children and played basketball on the championship Bradford Academy High School women’s team.
Dot went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education from her beloved alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, where she also enjoyed her first teaching job. Dot was a dedicated physical education teacher at the college and junior high school levels in a career that spanned thirty years and took her from New England to California and back again. Retiring from teaching in 1976, she married C. Spencer “Spen” Phillips.
Upon retiring, Dot was able to pursue her love of golf and gardening with Spen in Fairlee, VT and Rotonda West, FL. When in Vermont, she was an active member and volunteer in the Lake Morey Women’s Golf Association and when living in Rotonda was an active member and volunteer in the Rotonda West Women’s Golf Association. Dot’s enthusiasm for the game of golf kept her playing until she was 89 years young.
Dot was an involved resident of Rotonda West for over thirty years. She taught exercise classes to seniors, was active in the Rotonda West Woman’s Club, served on the Neighborhood Watch, and volunteered at Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood. Her love of golf was only rivaled by her love and appreciation of nature; living an environmentally aware lifestyle. Dot was also a member of the Board of Directors of the University of New Hampshire Alumni, FSWCAC, always very proud to represent the class of ’41.
Dot is survived by her devoted kitty, “Juno”; her brother, Paul Bancroft of Menlo Park, CA, and his family; her daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Ronald Broadbent of Charlottesville, VA; her granddaughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Buddy Webb of Newmarket, NH; her grandsons and daughter-in-law, John, Enoch and Sharon Marshall of St. Johnsbury, VT; and her Phillips’ Family, Elizabeth and Harry White of Black Duck Pond, NY; Martha and Paul Cocanour of Mansfield, OH and their families; Charles S. Phillips and Betsy Strobel of Montpelier, VT and their families. Dot was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, C. Spencer Phillips; her son, Jeffrey Hayes Marshall; her cousin, Dr. John Fenning; and her sister-in-law, Jeanne Bancroft.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Sterling House of Englewood for the care and caring of Dot during the past three and half years. Dot loved Sterling House because “everyone was friendly, took care of her needs and yet her life was her own.” The family is also grateful for the care given by the Tidewell Hospice Teams who assisted Dot in her end of life journey.
Dot will be remembered by her family and friends as always offering a beautiful smile, a helping hand, enjoying a good joke and sharing her passion for golf and nature’s bounty.
A gathering of family and friends to honor Dot’s life will be held at 2:30 on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Cedar Point Environment Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood 34224. A similar gathering of family and friends will be held in Vermont in early fall.
To honor Dot’s passions and gratitude, the family encourages friends to make donations to: Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 2300 Placida Rd., Englewood, FL 34224; Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224; Tidewell Hospice: www.tidewell.org.
Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been selected to handle the arrangements.