Phyllis Barber


Phyllis (Canning) Barber, age 84, of Pleasant St., Malone, NY passed away on April 27, 2021 peacefully as she slept. She has gone to Heaven where she’ll be reunited with her beloved Tony and many brothers and sisters.

Phyllis was born and raised in Dannemora where she was the baby of 13 children. She was born on October 15, 1936 to Edward Canning and Mary (Herron) Canning.

She graduated from Dannemora High School in 1954 where she made life-long friends and met the love of her life, Tony Barber.

She and Tony married on October 5, 1957 and moved to Malone in 1962. She was blessed to have so many friends and good memories in Malone. She leaves behind two sons and daughters-in-law; Timothy and Mary Barber from Portland Oregon and Patrick and Victoria Barber from Constable.

Phyllis spent her working years employed by North Country Community College and later as Secretary to the Principal of Malone Middle School. She was proud of her work there and loved getting to know all the students over the years.

She cherished her large, Irish family and enjoyed many laughs with her siblings at holiday gatherings at Cabin John and annual family reunions.

Above all, she adored her grandchildren; Hannah Fisher (Plattsburgh, NY), Ross Barber (Augusta, GA), Henry Barber and Samuel Barber (Portland, OR). She was blessed with a new generation of great-grandchildren with the birth of Eli James Fisher and Opal Quinn Fisher.

Phyllis was a happy, loving woman who accepted everyone for who they are. She prayed every day and loved St. Andre’s Parish. She was a true lady and is resting peacefully with the Lord.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 at Notre Dame Church, Malone. In accordance with current health restrictions, those in attendance are asked to observe the use of face coverings and social distancing.

Phyllis will be laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery in Dannemora next to Tony and will be surrounded by the family members who predeceased her.

Arrangements are with St. Mary-Murphy-Wilcox Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

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