Cartwright Funeral Homes


BROWNELL, Phyllis A. (LeVangie), of Hingham, formerly of Holbrook and FL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on August 12, 2021, at the age of 94. Phyllis was born on April 11, 1927 to Wilfred and Lena (Carver) LeVangie of Braintree.

Phyllis grew up in Braintree and graduated from Braintree High School where she met and then married her husband, Donald. Phyllis and Donald made their family home in Holbrook and were married for 66 years.

Phyllis attended the School of Practical Art, later known as the Art Institute of Boston. She had many artistic interests throughout her lifetime. Phyllis was a gifted artist known for her paintings and scrimshaw. She loved fashion, sewing, dressmaking and home decor. Even as a young mother, she took much pride in her five children and loved making clothes for them. She spent many years taking care of her family while also working outside the home. Phyllis and Don retired to Spring Hill, FL where they enjoyed golfing and spent 30 happy years.

Phyllis will be remembered for her loving kindness and patient, gentle spirit. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a peaceful, quiet strength that endured. She was most happy spending time with her family and friends. A devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Phyllis will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late Donald Brownell. Loving mother of Rhonda Keeler and her husband William of Niceville, FL, Charles Brownell and his wife Patricia of Navarre, FL, Leon Brownell and his partner Linda DiPasquale of Rockland, Leslie Minassian and her husband Ronnie of Hingham and the late Donald Brownell and Donna Brownell. Sister of the late Arlene Waters, Wilfred “Bucky” LeVangie, Louis LeVangie, Vera Schatzel and William LeVangie. Cherished “Nana” to Charles, Leigh, Sean and Brad and “Great Nana” to Edward, Stephen, Hailey and Owen. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, August 19th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Cartwright Funeral Home, 69 So. Franklin St. (RT. 37), Holbrook. Funeral Services on Friday, August 20th at 11:00 AM and Burial at Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree will be private. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

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