Joan C. McPhillips

January 14, 1933June 8, 2021

Joan C. McPhillips passed away on June 8, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born on January 14, 1933 in Yonkers, New York to Thomas F. and Josephine Flynn Terry. Joan graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers in 1951. She married Thomas J. McPhillips at Sacred Heart Church on October 30, 1954 and raised her family of four children in Yonkers, Ossining, and Scarsdale. She loved spending time at the Scarsdale pool and getting together with her lifelong friends from Yonkers. She enjoyed theater, tennis, bowling, reading, and having a good laugh. A lifelong sports fan, Joan rooted for her beloved Mets and Scarsdale Raiders. She looked forward to Friday night dinner dates and beach vacations in Montauk with her husband. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and was thrilled to visit Ireland with her husband and childhood friends. Her life was defined by her love for her family and her strong Catholic faith. Joan was predeceased by her husband and her son, Robert T. McPhillips, and daughter, Carol A. Whitenight (Jesse). She is survived by her daughter, Susan D. McPhillips, and son, Thomas W. McPhillips (Christine), and her grandchildren, Jesseca John (Michael), Devin Toledo (Cliff), Caitlin Whitenight, Luke Whitenight (Halle), and Caroline, Liam, and Aidan McPhillips. She is also survived by her brother Thomas Terry (Barbara) and nephews and niece Thomas, Brian, and Barbara Jean Terry.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Joan’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021


Joan C. McPhillips

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Margaret (Peg) Terry

June 14, 2021

Wishing you and your family my sincere condolences at the time. As the daughter of Joseph Terry of five brothers in the Terry family, I have wonderful memories of Joan. I remember her for her warmth and kindness and her sense of fun.

My warmest regards,

Margaret (Peg) Terry and Richard Lucy

Joseph Terry

June 14, 2021

As one of Joan and Tommy's younger cousins, we always looked up to our older cousins, Joan and Tommy, as the people we wanted to become as we grew up.

Joan was a beautiful young woman whose winning smile brightened every room. I'm glad that she had a long life and could shower her children and grandchildren with that smile and her loving care.