Berta F. Phillips

Date of Passing:

May 15, 2018

Phillips, Berta F., (McCusker), 95, of Garden Drive, died peacefully on May 15, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was the former wife of the late Edgar Phillips.

Born in Riverside, a daughter of the late Thomas H. and Jennie (Graham) McCusker, she lived in Riverside for 65 years and Sarasota, FL for 30 years.

Mrs. Phillips was a communicant of St. Brendan Church and founder of S.W.A.P. A civil rights activist, she was a lifelong member of the ACLU. She enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles and spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by her children, Thomas Phillips and his wife Sandra of Sarasota, FL, Daphne Phillips of Riverside, Sally Jo Easton and her husband Nicholas of Connecticut, Jennifer Archetto of Connecticut, Jude Rouslin and her husband Andrew of Sarasota, FL, Elizabeth J. Zucchi and her husband Jonathan of Seekonk, MA, Ann Marie Jouvensal and her husband Christophe of France, John F. Phillips of Sarasota, FL and Matthew Phillips and his wife Krissy of Riverside; a daughter-in-law, Deb Phillips; twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Edgar “Phil” Phillips and James Henry Augustus Phillips and sister of the late Madelyn Rhodes.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday May 19, 2018 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Friday 4-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Berta’s memory to the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home, 200 Wampanoag Trail, Riverside, RI 02915 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. I love you Mom and I miss you terribly!! You were always my hero. XOXO

  2. Missing you more and more every day,I love you ma.

  3. An inspirational leader who was in many ways ahead of her time. May She Rest In Power.

  4. Rest in Paradise vava Bert love and miss you so much I can’t believe your gone but your never forgotten

  5. My wife and I and the entire O’Connor family extend our deepest condolences to the family and many friends of this wonderful woman. She was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed. She will rest in peace with all the brave souls in the struggle who have gone before her. UWMA.

  6. We are so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Mes plus sincères condoléances pour la perte douloureuse de votre maman .

  8. I loved this women! I met her in Sarasota when my best friend, one of her granddaughters, introduced us! She was a strong beautiful, caring women! Gramma Bert will be missed by many!

  9. To the Phillips family, I send my love and the honor of being able to know you all for so many years. Such a close family is hard to find and being a small part of it is an honor. God bless you all. And God bless Gramma Bert. I will miss you and I will always remember our trip to Sarasota and the ham sandwich you made for us. R.I.P.

  10. A magnificent woman who will be sorely missed. She leaves a powerful legacy in her loving family, friends, and social action

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