Phyllis Keirstead, 77

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BRUNSWICK — Phyllis Keirstead, 77, died March 20.

She was born in Presque Isle, March 1, 1932, a daughter of Wallace Ingley and Lillian Ella (Dow) Higgins.

In 1953, she received her nursing degree from New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

She married Leighton Russell Keirstead in Mapleton on Oct. 17, 1953.

A registered nurse by profession, she was also a caregiver by nature.

She is predeceased by her son, Ronald Keirstead, in 1981 and grandson, Jonathan Tetreault, in 2008.

She is survived by her husband, Leighton; daughters, Donna Carr of Windsor Locks, Conn., LuAnn and husband Stanley Rogala of Walpole, Mass.; Rhonda and and husband Mike Tetreault of Southwick, Mass., Karla and husband Jeff Larsen of Southwick, Mass.; brother Malcolm Higgins of Candia, N.H., and sisters, Esther Ward of Wilmington, Del., Jennie Jamieson of Butler, Penn.; grandsons, Keith and Peter Carr, Tim Stiles, Chris and Mikey Tetreault, Korey Larsen; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held last week.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Maine Veterans Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta, ME 04330.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.

Memorial condolences can be expressed at