Phyllis Tanner, 90, of Marlborough


Marlborough – Phyllis (Lynch) Tanner, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 after a period of failing health. She was the wife of the late Werner “Bill” Tanner, who died in 2008. They were married for 60 years.

She was born in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of the late James A. and Rose (Kelley) Lynch McQueen, and moved to Marlborough in 1957.

Mrs. Tanner graduated from Teaneck High School in New Jersey and then attended Eastman Business School. She worked seven years at the New York Herald Tribune and later worked at Marlborough Hospital, in many different departments, from 1967 until her retirement in 1993.

She was a life member of the Marlborough Hospital Auxiliary. Phyllis was a past president of the Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough and a longtime member of the Girl Scouts, receiving her 50-year pin.

She is survived by three sons, James Tanner and his wife Kay of Montgomery, Ala., Richard Tanner and his wife Dawn Tanner of Newtown, Conn., Jack Tanner and his wife Kim of Franklin; one daughter, Dorothy Tanner Krant and her husband Richard of Osterville; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., in Saint Mathias Church, Hemenway Street, Marlborough. Burial will follow in the V.A. National Cemetery in Bourne. Visiting hours at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (, 95 West Main St., Marlborough, will be held Tuesday morning, from 8-9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Marlborough Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 157 Union St., Marlborough, MA 01752.