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Ida Phyllis (Thomas) Caparn
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Ida Phyllis Caparn died peacefully at her residence, the Masonic Village in Burlington New Jersey on December 14, 2022. She was 97 and one of twelve children born to Frank A. Thomas, Sr. and Ida A. Sawyer Thomas. Phyllis was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey on October 4, 1925. Throughout her life she was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt and friend to many. She had a vibrant personality and was an active participant regardless of the community in which she resided. A resident of Oceanport, New Jersey for many years with her husband “Charlie”, Phyllis was actively involved with Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank, being a member of the church choir and various church activities. She was Past Matron of the Eatontown Chapter #26 Order of the Eastern Star. Additionally, Past Grand Officer of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey and a member of the Special Ladies Crescent Shrine Temple of Trenton.
While a winter resident of Clearwater, Florida for many years with her husband, Phyllis was a member of the St. Andres Presbyterian Church and a participant in the Clearwater Community Chorus. Over the years, she was employed as a dental assistant in the office of Dr. Robert Voorhees, DDS, in Sea Girt, New Jersey as well as a secretary for Turner Brothers Landscaping in West Long Branch. During her later years following her husband’s death, Phyllis became a resident at the Masonic Village in Burlington, New Jersey, participating in many activities and being an enthusiastic and supportive member of the community. She had a passion and love of singing and actively participated whenever possible throughout her life.
Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, her husbands Donald Seeley and Charles C. Caparn, and eleven siblings including four brothers: Kenneth (Lorraine), Frank (Karen), Charles (Alma), and Robert (Patricia )and seven sisters: Medora Gifford (William), Catherine Knudson (Walter), Lillian Herbert (Stanley), Dorothy Yard (Carl), Mildred Thiele (William), Barbara Matthews (Woodrow) and Blanche Thiele (Leslie). She was an aunt to thirty-one nieces and nephews and was close friends with Miguel and Rose Betencourt of Red Bank.
A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 10:30 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am at Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church in Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, Phyllis has requested that memorial gifts in her name be made to the Masonic Village in Burlington, https://www.njmasonic.org/donate/.
-Lovingly Submitted by The Family
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