PALMYRA -- The Rev. Phyllis C. Dodd, 92, died Monday, May 21, 2012, in Hartford, Conn. She was born on Feb. 13, 1920, the daughter of Bertha Lawrence Hitchcock and the Rev. Philip Harrison Dodd, in West Hartland, Conn.

Phyllis attended Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Va.; Savage School of Physical Education, New York City, N.Y.; received a bachelor of arts degree from Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.; a master of science degree from University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.; and a master of divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor.

Her teaching experiences included public school and college levels in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. After retiring, Phyllis was called, at age 55, to the ministry and began studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, but later transferred to BTS in Bangor, where she completed her studies. Upon graduation Phyllis served churches in the northern, central and southern districts of Maine. Her other vocations included camp director, industrial worker, director of Camp Fire Girls and self-employed horseback riding instructor. Phyllis was also a member of RVing Women and enjoyed her last rally, potluck supper and bonfire, in Chaplin, Conn., May 18-20, 2012.

Phyllis is survived by her sisters, Margaret D. Easton of Whitney Point, N.Y., Virginia D. Wells and husband Harry of Danbury, Conn., and Barbara D. Protheroe of Ashford, Conn.; brother John N. Dodd, Bethel, Conn.; several nieces and nephews and her companion of 35 years, Carlene F. Bessey, of Palmyra. She is predeceased by her parents; brothers the Rev. Philip H. Dodd and Robert Hitchcock Dodd; and sister Mary D. Zepp and her husband, the Rev. Ira Zepp.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 16, 2012, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Freedom, with Gwen Chase officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in Phyllis' memory to: Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.

Published in Central Maine on May 31, 2012