Blake-Doyle Funeral Home

226 West Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ


Phyllis Jean Harding

17 febrero , 194710 mayo , 2020

PHYLLIS HARDING (nee Cotton) Of Collingswood NJ, formerly of Gloucester City and Trenton NJ.

She was 73 years old and died May10 at Care One Harmony Village in Moorestown after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was predeceased by her father Thomas Cotton, mother Phyllis (Trovillo), and sister “Tiny” Sandoval. Survived by husband Robert Harding, sons Forrest (Colleen) and Kyle (Lawana), grandchildren Dylan, Sara, Forrest and Kylie, and many nieces and nephews. She was born in Camden and raised in Gloucester City, a varsity cheerleader in the GHS “Golden Class” of 1965, and Miss Gloucester VFW in 1964.

She graduated as an RN from the Cooper Hospital School of Nursing and later earned a BSN from Trenton State College. As an ICU/CCU nurse she worked in hospitals in Germany, Bowling Green, KY and Somerville, Bridgeton, Camden, Woodbury, and Trenton, NJ before becoming a Nurse Educator for the Mercer County (NJ) Health Occupation Center. She loved dancing, the Outer Banks, travel and camping. She quickly became an expert at any skill she set out to master, including house plants, macramé, gardening, cooking, baking, bar hopping, and smoking cigars with the guys! More than one bartender knew her as “friend”. A beautiful, caring person who provided guidance and nursing services to family and friends throughout her life, she will be missed. Funeral arrangements are private.

A Life Celebration will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s: act.alz.org/goto/PhyllisJean. Arrangements entrusted to BLAKE-DOYLE Funeral Home Collingswood, NJ. Please leave your remembrances of Phyllis at Blake-Doyle.com


  • Robert Harding, Husband
  • Forrest (Colleen), Son
  • Kyle (Lawana), Son
  • Dylan, Grandchild
  • Sara, Grandchild
  • Forrest, Grandchild
  • Kylie, Grandchild
  • Thomas Cotton, Father (deceased)
  • Phyllis Cotton (nee Trovillo), Mother (deceased)
  • "Tiny" Sandoval, Sister (deceased)


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Phyllis Jean Harding



20 mayo , 2020

Dear Bob , Forrest, Kyle and family, There are not enough words in the English language to describe Phyllis: special, unique, funny, loving, brash, caring, witty and on and on. To say she will be missed is greatly understated.
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us" Helen Keller

JoAnn Brown

15 mayo , 2020

I went to nursing school with Phyllis and remember her as a sweet girl.
She was always dancing in our living room in the dorm.
She will be missed. My condolences to her family
Jo Ann

Kate Wilson Grohe

14 mayo , 2020

Phyllis was a great classmate, who studied hard & was willing to help our classmates at Cooper School of Nursing. Phyllis will be missed by many I am certain. Phyllis would want you to look back on the happy times you had together not the challenges that were dealt with over the last several years. She will always be in your heart.

Jean Corrigan

14 mayo , 2020

Dear Bob, Forrest, Kyle and family-
Doug and I were deeply saddened to hear of Phyllis’ passing.
She was the essence of the term “Small but mighty”. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes.
God bless Phyllis and you all.
Love, Doug and Jean

Brian and Linda Popazivanov

14 mayo , 2020

In years past, we shared a lot good times with Phyllis and her family, and we remember those days fondly.
We send our deep condolences to all the Harding family.

Suzanne Rutan

14 mayo , 2020

Dear Bob ,Forrest, and Kyle so sorry for your loss...May love and peace be with you all...Phyllis was definitely "one of a kind" I have great memories of fun times camping in Shenandoah and parties in Brooklawn. I will always remember her laugh and smile..God bless you all, Love Suzanne (Graves) Rutan.

Joseph Hargesheimer

14 mayo , 2020

Bob and Family
Please accept our heart felt sympathy. Phyllis was a beautiful person inside and out. She dedicated her life to helping others in her nursing profession, there is no higher calling. There is a saying, it is not the years in your life, but the life in your years, make them count. She certainly did that!!!!!!!!!

Joe and Linda Hargesheimer

Carol Walczak

13 mayo , 2020

Dear Bob and Boys
Phyllis and I were teaching partners at MCVTS LPN Program for many years. I remember her as a fun loving friend and an excellent nurse and instructor.
It is with great sadness that I learned of her death. I now live in Delaware.
Please accept my condolences. My prayers are with you and the entire family
Carol A Walczak

Patricia DiSanti

13 mayo , 2020

My favorite memory was the Wham concert with Forrest and Aunt Phyllis. She made it so fun it didn’t feel like we were being chaperoned. She was enjoying the concert as much as we did- dancing and singing along! Of course I have to mention Forrest and I on Dancing on Air- Aunt Phyllis was our driver, our stylist and cheerleader. I felt like a movie star. She always played the recording (yes VHS) of those 2 episodes every family party. She made those memories so fun and special. And I treasure those times with her and my cousin!

Karen Spencer

12 mayo , 2020

Phyllis was my sweet cousin. I grew up visiting her in Jersey & she & Tiny came to visit us in Ohio. We had our ups & downs but most of the time it was good! She was very special to me & I will never forget her!!!! She was always so much fun!!!!! Her & Bob were a hoot! We had some great times!!!!! I will miss you Phyllis!!!! Love you always!!!