Phyllis M. Bergeron


Phyllis M. Bergeron


Phyllis Bergeron

Phyllis M. Bergeron was faithfully welcomed into the arms of her Lord on May 9, 2020, following a brief battle with cancer.

Phyllis was born on Jan. 18, 1936, in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Starr and Esther (Morrison) Verge. She grew up in Derry, New Hampshire, and graduated from Pinkerton Academy High School in 1953. For a short time, Phyllis worked for New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company in Manchester, New Hampshire.

On July 23, 1955, Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Raymond C. Bergeron, who was enlisted in the Air Force. As newlyweds, their first home was Hunstanton, England, where they lived for three years. During that time, Phyllis and Ray welcomed two daughters: Brenda Jean and Michelle Louise. In 1958, the family returned to the United States. They spent the next 18 years with the U.S. Air Force at military bases in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Spain, California, New Hampshire and Guam. The family also enjoyed visits to Taiwan and Okinawa. Their last assignment came in 1972 when they were transferred to Billings, which eventually became their permanent home.

Phyllis was employed at Montana Dakota Utilities for 15½ years, retiring in 1991. A joy-filled and generous woman, she loved baking for her family, friends and coworkers. She never forgot a birthday!

Her favorite hobbies were reading, taking pictures, crafting cards and researching genealogy.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her grandson, Joseph Strekall, who passed away in 2017.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Ray Bergeron; daughters: Brenda (Michael) Strekall, Helena, and Michelle (Robert] Bloom, Dacula, Georgia. Remembered as a grandma whose sweet sentiment was always, “Bless your heart,” she leaves behind her cherished grandchildren: Ken Strekall, Jennifer (Colby) Ruffing, and Danielle (Daniel) Mahoney; and four great-grandchildren: Arabella and C. James Ruffing, and Henry and Jack Mahoney. Phyllis is also survived by her sister, Virginia (Richard) Nelson, Derry, New Hampshire.

Phyllis was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

The family is most appreciative of the professional and heartfelt care she received at RiverStone Hospice House. They also wish to thank the Oncology staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital who assisted Phyllis during her brief stay there.

Memorials in may be sent to The American Cancer Society or The American Heart Association.

A private family memorial service will be held.

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13 thoughts on “Phyllis M. Bergeron”

  1. Beautiful obituary for a beautiful woman. So gentle and loving.
    Her laugh (which was often), was contagious and her wit wickedly funny.
    Even though our paths have not crossed in a while, she was always on our mind.
    May she Rest In Peace at the right hand of our Father, and bake up a storm. ❤️
    With Love
    Dick and Dorene Bergeron

  2. Met Phyllis when she battled GBS. She was a strong person and courageously battled and beat GBS. I will always remember her and our chats during her recovery. It was an absolute pleasure to know her and her husband Ray who adored her with every fiber of his being.

  3. Gary Temple and Marylee Moreland

    We have known the two of them since 1981. She was the ever gracious and genuine person. The couple was completely devoted to each other and they were a model for all of us. Phyllis will always be with our thoughts and prayers.
    Gary Temple and Marylee Moreland

  4. Marilyn Campbell

    My deepest sympathy to you, Ray, and your family. God Bless each and everyone of you. Sincerely, Marilyn Campbell

  5. Jim and Barb Shaver

    Phyllis was a wonderful person and she will be missed. our condolences and prayers to Ray and family

  6. Glenda Kniefel

    So sorry for your lose, Ray. She was such a great lady. My prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Wishing the best for you and your family.

  7. Though I did not know her well, I always enjoyed my chance encounters with her and Ray. They were a great couple. She always came across as someone wise and possessing one of those quiet and dry senses of humor. My condolences to the family. Dave Krueger

  8. Ray, Jim and I were so sorry to hear the passing of your loved one. Phyllis was a very special, strong lady. We always enjoyed catching up at MDU events with you both. We are sorry she had such a challenging journey these last few years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong..Be well❣️Love, Loretta and Jim Doll

  9. Cathy and Dave Davie

    Ray, I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  10. Steve and Joyce Anderson

    The Bergeron’s were my neighbors in Billings. I have great memories of the snacks she would make for Ray and I to take on our hunting trips. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

    1. Steve. This is Michelle writing. It’s so very kind of you to leave a message. Can’t even begin to tell you what a shock losing Mom has been to our family. We miss her so much…
      We check in on Dad every day (by phone). He’s having a difficult time.
      If you get this message, please write to me at It would be wonderful to connect again.

  11. Diana Evans Phelps

    You crossed my mind today, I was sorry to find that you had passed. You were such a sweet, dear, lady and I know you are missed dearly by Ray and your family. It was a joy getting to know you and Ray. I know you are resting in the arms of our Lord. My condolences go out to all of the family. Until we meet again…

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