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Lynette Ruth Phillips Dalrymple

January 21, 1944March 18, 2020

Lynette Ruth Phillips Dalrymple was born on January 21, 1944 in Arouca, Trinidad to John E. Phillips and Pearl L. Phillips. She was the eldest daughter and the second oldest of twelve brothers and sisters. At a very young age, she helped her parents in raising, mentoring, guiding and nurturing her younger siblings. Also at a young age, she dedicated her life to the LORD and held His hand throughout her whole life. She had a love for singing and would sing and perform with a few of her sisters, always with the desire to bring honor and glory to the LORD. Lynette had a penchant for assisting others without expectation of reciprocity. She took this natural gift and carved out a successful career as a registered nurse.

Blessed with an opportunity to work in New York City, she embarked on a new adventure in her journey of life. Adjusting to drastic changes, such as climate and culture, Lynette continued to make progress in her career. She developed new friendships and eventually met the love of her life, Osborne Dalrymple. They were married on March 29, 1969. Together they raised four beautiful children. She was a trailblazer and opened doors for many. From making it possible for her parents and siblings to come to the United States from Trinidad to introducing and connecting people to opportunities that made room for advancement, Lynette helped those in need without hesitation. She continued to thrive in her career as a nurse and even graduated from law school earning her JD. She provided an excellent example of hard work, love, generosity, commitment and grace. She fully walked in the role of and was honored to be a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend and most importantly a daughter of the Most High.

Lynette balanced work and responsibility with humor and living life abundantly. She was known to have a song that perfectly captured a moment. Known to be quick witted, she sprinkled joyful humor in conversations and warmed many with her brilliant smile. She loved to travel and ventured to places many only dream of going to. She cruised the Hawaiian Islands, walked the roads Jesus Christ walked in Jerusalem, stood in the Door of No Return on Gorée Island, Senegal. Many family vacations and memories were created and enjoyed.

As a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, Lynette was active in spreading His message wherever she went. She ministered to homebound patients, prayed with co-workers, handed out tracts and talked to strangers about the love of God. She was very active and involved in her local church. She wrote plays, created programs for holidays, sang and fellowshipped with the brethren.

Lynette is survived by her husband, of 50 years, Osborne; her children Delano, Darren, Daria, Derrick, son-in-law Aaron Sr. and daughter-in-law Seloie; her grandchildren Deanni, Aaron Jr., Devyn, Chloe and Carter; her eleven brothers and sisters: Evans, Annette, Judith, Audrey, Elton, Esther, Marleen, Peter, Patricia, Wendy and Paula; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins.


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Lynette Ruth Phillips Dalrymple

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Hazel Wilson

April 1, 2020

Lynette has been a lady of grace and compassion since I was privileged to meet her in 1983 as teammates at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She immediately took me under her wings without a request. Her mentorship behind the scene continued throughout my tenure at VNSNY. She always assumed the BIG Sister role.

In 1986 we both joined Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, the professional nursing Sorority. We enjoyed working together, attending conferences as well as chapter international fundraising vacations. I was elated when her parents joined us on our African tour.

Rest In Peace dear friend and Soror. Job well done. Sincere condolences to the family.


March 30, 2020

Because we shared the same first name & our surnames had the same initial our e-mails were sometimes inadvertently sent to the wrong recipient( we would always laugh about it). I think that how we managed to make that personal connection. Lynette was detailed oriented & a mentor without ever being asked to do so. She was universal in her approach for nurses getting it right & delivering the best care possible. I remembered like yersterday in 2016 when I endured a fire at my home. Lynette was the covering Team Manager. She was able to identify a team mate who would be responsible in collecting a donation(I had no idea of this). On my return to work, I was presented with a card and a few hundred dollars as a token of their support. This was the kind of leader she was. She would occasionally checked up on me from Florida. But it was never about her. It was always to inquire of how I was doing and always had encouraging words and thoughts to share. I was deeply saddened on hearing of Lynette's passing. She will truely be missed. May God grant the family strength to deal with her passing. May she Rest in Peace.

Eloise Goldberg

March 30, 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear of Lynette's passing. Lynette worked for me for many years in VNSNY. I depended on her easy adjustment to different team styles, her attention to detail and her astute read of problems. Lynette was a pleasure to work with and all teams in Queens and Nassau came to love and respect her. Although Lynette did not work (or want to work) full time she was always willing to hear about the needs of the office and she frequently gave more time than she originally expected. I must say I depended on her willingness.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. Always know that you shared time with a truly loving and giving person.

Beverly Webb

March 29, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. Lynette was a caring and committed person. She will surely be missed. RIP and rise in Glory.

Nina Miro

March 29, 2020

I worked with Lynette for years at VNSNY. I am so sad to hear this. May she rest in peace and her memory be a blessing.

Derrick & Cahterine. Foster

March 28, 2020

We will miss you very much Sister Lynette , your Christian service toward your church family and others was very encouraging.
Around special days such as Mother's day, Father's days, Pastors appreciation day, you were always doing something without any one asking of you.
You called us many times encouraging us and to know how we are doing. You told us always to pray about a thing to the lord before mentioning it to anyone. You remind us as Paul the Apostle writing to Timothy in 2Ti 4:7-8 KJV 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Brother & Sister Foster.

Savy Perry

March 27, 2020

Thanking God for my amazing childhood filled with beautiful memories of my dear auntie Lynette. You removed stitches from my forehead with the gentlest touch. You welcomed me in your home for hours at a time treating me with love and affection. I remember how your laughter filled a room and a slice of your warm pound cake filled my heart. When I was sick you rubbed lovingly with your home remedies. Thank you for nurturing me. Thank you for teaching me about motherhood and family. So many afternoons filled with scrabble, good food, and family remind me of God’s favor. It is my prayer that every child could experience a love like yours. “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” With love, Savy.

Steve and Deborah Taylor

March 26, 2020

Lynette was a godly servant, encourager, helper and prayer warrior. Her words of wisdom and encouragement were always wrapped in scripture with the directive to 'pray and keep praying'. She served with a smile, often accompanied by small gifts of kindness. We will remember and miss Lynette, a glorious testimony of true Christian love and service.

Tania Valme

March 26, 2020

Words cannot begin to express how much Lynette Dalrymple will be missed. She has impacted my life greatly with her encouraging words, beautiful smile & wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Lynette Dalrymple was an example of what a mighty woman of God looks like. Your legacy lives on through your children.

John 11:25-27
Jesus said to her “ I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Tania Valme

Sandra and Moisés Varticovsky

March 26, 2020

We're always gonna remember her for her unconditional support and love to others , her beautiful smile and helping our church all the time. She was always worry and diligent to others , showing her kindness and generosity .
We always enjoyed her company and all the good advices about motherhood and marriage.
I know all our church is gonna miss her . Thanks Lord for the opportunity to meet her. 💓