Phyllis Robinson Berry

Berry, Phyllis Robinson, 87, of Tockwotton on the Waterfront, passed away on December 17, 2016 at home. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Joslin Berry. Born July 29, 1929, a daughter of the late Sara Robinson Brier and the late Judge Maurice Robinson, she was a life-long resident of the Providence area. She graduated from Hope High School and the University of RI and was active in many organizations including the Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood, Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Society. Phyllis created a loving home and family life and was an extraordinary friend to many. Survived by her daughters Maurisa (Risy) Goldberg and Joanie Berry (Karen Sawislak), grandchildren Elizabeth and Joshua Horen, and other family members. Stepdaughter of the late Benjamin Brier. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jewish Seniors Agency of RI, 100 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907, Hope Hospice, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence, RI 02906. Funeral will be held on Monday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Shiva will be held at 170 Arnold Avenue, Cranston Tuesday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m.


  1. Sheri Mason
    Dec 19, 2016

    I have known the Berry family since I was 7 years old and went to camp with Joanie. Although my family situation was not the norm, I will never forget how’ as a very young child, Phyliss and Jos welcomed me into their home with open arms-literally. And made me feel special, normal and like I belonged. I have never forgotten her genuine unconditional love, and I never will.

    • maurisa goldberg
      Dec 25, 2016

      lovely sheri

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