In Memoriam: Former Longtime Fair Havenite, Phyllis Mae Feiring, 94

Former longtime Fair Havenite Phyllis Mae Feiring passed away peacefully at home in Middletown on Nov. 12, 2022. She was 94. 

Born on Feb. 5, 1928, in Point Pleasant, she was the only child to parents Jane and Leighton Green.

“Thanks to her father’s encouragement, who wanted her to live life passionately and thoroughly, Phyllis married the love of her life, Bruce Clifford Feiring, on January 31, 1948,” family said in her obituary.  “Once having reined in her husband, a Naval Air Corps veteran in World War II, she was thereby affectionately known as The Lion Tamer.  At only 19 years of age, her strength and wisdom were well beyond her years.”

Phyllis Mae Feiring
Photo/family via Thompson Memorial Home

“Together, Phyllis and Bruce lived in Plainfield, summered in Bay Head, and
raised their children in Fair Haven.
She was one of the last surviving ‘River Oaks Moms.’ Following their time in Fair Haven, Phyllis and Bruce lived in Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, and, most recently,
Phyllis lived in Middletown …
Fiercely loyal, inspiring, and loving, her life was full of enthusiastic chapters:  A young waitress at her father’s diner; a confident x-ray technician; a dedicated daughter, wife, mother, ‘Granny,’ and ‘G.G.’ (Great-Grandmother). Throughout all chapters, however, was her unwavering affection for her Boxer dogs — her family’s protectors.  Phyllis’s fondness for the breed, and dogs in general, has since been inherited by all her surviving family members.

Loved ones of Phyllis Mae Feiring in her obituary

Phyllis’ stories of her life’s adventures and lessons will continue to be told by her beloved children, Lezlie Clark and husband Brian, of Cape Coral, FL, and Bruce Clifford Feiring II and wife Susan, of Rumson.

Her devotion and boldness will continue to be felt by her grandchildren: Paul and Stefanie Smith, of Cape Coral, FL; Clifford and Lisa Feiring, of Ridley Park, PA; Sean and Ashley Feiring, of Little Silver, NJ; Matthew and Margaret Feiring, of Dallas, TX; and Marjorie Feiring and Peter Weil, of Philadelphia, PA.

Finally, her love and happiness will continue to live through her great-grandchildren, Vera, Katharine, Jackson, Henry, and Olivia.

Celebrating and remembering Phyllis’ extraordinary life will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a service.

— Edited obituary prepared by family via Thompson Memorial Home

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