DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH


Phyllis R. Borden

March 9, 1930April 27, 2020

Phyllis R. (Newcombe) Borden, 90, died peacefully in her home in Keene on Monday, April 27th, with loving family members near, after several years of declining health.

Phyllis was born in Belmont, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ernest and Eleanor (Todd) Newcombe on March 9, 1930. She was a graduate of Keene High School and Elliot Community Hospital School of Nursing, where she earned her RN degree in 1951. Having begun her career as a hospital nurse (delivering at least one baby who came before the doctor arrived), Phyllis became a school nurse for the Keene School District in 1966. She held this position proudly for 26 years, and through it formed some of her closest friendships.

Phyllis was a long-time member of St. James Episcopal Church and was also a devoted member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 55 years.

Phyllis was married to Bruce L. Borden for 44 years, often helping out at his store, Mac’s Cut Rate in the early days, and later with his blueberry and maple syrup enterprises. In addition to good times with family and friends, they enjoyed several national and international trips after retirement.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Deborah Van Fleet (Larry) of Omaha, Nebraska; Mary Patenaude (Richard) of Port St. Lucie, Fl; her stepson, Thomas Borden of Keene; five grandchildren: Bryan O’Neil of Port St. Lucie, Jennifer Gray of Port St. Lucie; Nathan Van Fleet of Omaha, Jake Borden of Keene and Justin Borden of Keene, and six great-grandsons.

Survivors also include her brother, Ernest Newcombe, of Keene, her brother-in-law, Bill Borden of Keene, her sister-in-law Judith Newcombe of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bruce Borden, her son Gerald Watkins, her grandson Sean O’Neil, her sister Barbara Cook, her brother Robert Newcombe and her sister-in-law Jean Newcombe.

The family would like to thank Hospice at HCS for their invaluable hospice care, as well as special friends Kathy Cobb and Susan Bemis for their loving help this past year.

A memorial service will be held at some safe time in the future.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Hospice at HCS, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431 (www.HCSServices.org); and Kidz Cupboard, 16 Pleasant Street, Marlborough, NH 03455.


  • Hospice at HCS
  • Kidz Cupboard


  • Services will be annouced at a later date


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Peter and Suzanne Walsh

May 9, 2020

Rest in Perfect Peace, Phyllis! We will always remember you for the FUN that we had at Christmas Time doing the "Yankee Swap"! It was a highlight to the end of the year that we looked forward to year after year, and YOU made it so much fun with your dry, yet appropriate, sense of humor! Somehow, you almost ALWAYS ended up with "the best gift"!! It was fun that, at those gatherings, you let loose of your normally stoic demeanor. Thank you to you, Bruce, Tom, Tracey, Jake and Justin for including Suzanne and I in those memories!!

Deborah Russell

April 29, 2020

I recently had the opportunity to be part of Phyllis life. I looked forward to our visits; looking at books, a few stories, watching tv, and eating corn muffins. She was an amazing lady with a lot of spunk! Sorry for your loss. Deb Russell


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