Phyllis Roett

PHYLLIS ROETT NÉE DENNY, affectionately known as “Gloria,” “Phil” and “Aunty Phyllis”, 78, child of Christ, formerly of 122 Rock Dundo Park, Cave Hill, St. Michael, Barbados, and Silver Spring, Maryland in the USA, was called home unexpectedly on the morning of December 21, 2023 at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Phyllis was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother.

After the St Michael School, Queen’s College, the University of Swansea, and 20 years at the Barbados Child Care Board as its first Director, Phyllis was a Consultant for the United Nations Children’s Fund, lecturer for the University of the West Indies, popular host of the radio call in program “Tell it Like it is” on the Voice of Barbados, and then spent 22 years at the Canadian High Commission as Senior Development Officer until her retirement.

Phyllis was the dedicated daughter of the late Sydney and Muriel Denny of the United Kingdom, step-daughter of Eva Denny of the UK, the loved and cherished wife of 56 years of Ishmael Roett, GCM, former Speaker of the House of Assembly, loving mother of Andre Roett of Wanstead Heights, St. Michael, and Doctor Michelle Roett of Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, adored sister of Eileen Lokai, proud grandmother of Jaiden and Nathan Roett, beloved mother-in-law of Jo-Ann Roett, generous sister-in-law of Frank Roett and Randy Lokai, kind aunt of Hadrian and Justin Lokai, caring cousin of Suzanne Isaacs, Keith Greene, June Casselman, Grace Hope, Hetty Warrington, Shelly Jackman-Schmelter and Sonia Coard, family of the Dennys, Greenes, Jackmans, and Isaacs, faithful friend of Eleanor Dottin, Marcia Miller, Hugh and Yvonne Applewhaite, George and Maria Boston, Pat Dixon, June Gibson, June Emmanuel, Pamela Haynes-Lashley, Harriett Banfield, May Hinds, Hyacinth Dehere, and Doctors Thomas and Esther Pinder, and dedicated Aunty Phyllis to Michele Maynard, Michelle Worrell, Doctor Kirk Miller, Harry and Brenda Prescott and countless others.

Phyllis will be loved and missed by so many for all eternity. She was a fierce advocate for women, children and the most vulnerable, and gave of herself every day for her family, her friends, her church, her community, and anyone who crossed her path. She was determined to live a life of faith, giving, service, compassion, and love, focused on eliminating inequities. Phyllis excelled in that mission.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, at The People’s Cathedral, where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 10:00 a.m. The cortege will then proceed to Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens for the interment. Flowers may be sent to Lyndhurst Funeral Home no later than 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Donations can be made for the Nightingale Children’s Home at the service. If unable to attend, please consider dedicating a donation in honor of Phyllis Roett to the United Nations Children’s Fund at

The body of the late Phyllis Roett will repose in the Colin Parkinson Memorial Chapel, Lyndhurst Funeral Home on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The family invites you to view the live streaming of the service; to view please click here

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Jan 12 2024


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 12 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Megha Fitzpatrick Megha Fitzpatrick wrote on January 11, 2024 at 8:48 am
My deepest condolences to the family. As a friend to Michelle, I wanted to share how special Phyllis and Michelle’s bond was as mother and daughter. Every time I met Phyllis, I could see the pride and love shining in her eyes when she looked at Michelle. May her soul rest in peace and may her memories bring you comfort.
Lisa Stiebel Lisa Stiebel wrote on January 11, 2024 at 8:17 am
Aunty Phyllis was the beloved best friend of my mom Marcia. I have such fond memories growing up of visits to each other’s houses where there was plenty of love and laughter. Their friendship was an early foundation for me for what I wanted in my own life. When I think of Aunty Phyllis, I see her big smile which came from the depths of her heart, always impeccably dressed and ready to face any challenge. She was a difference maker. Bless her beautiful soul.
Susanna Isaac Susanna Isaac wrote on January 10, 2024 at 2:01 pm
We, the Isaac's (Susanna, Joel, Cheryl and Lavonne) extends heartfelt condolences to the Roett Family and the Lokai's on the passing of our dear cousin Phyllis.
May God give strength during this very difficult period of bereavement. As life continues, do cherish the wonderful memories.
Janae Janae wrote on January 10, 2024 at 12:03 pm
My Deepest Condolences to Family and Friends!
Arlene Arlene wrote on January 10, 2024 at 11:37 am
I am truly saddened by her passing. She was a wonderful, caring, beautiful person, and a first-class Lecturer. This giving, Ray of sunshine, dignified lady will be sorely missed.
Condolences to her husband and children, along with other members of her family. She was simply the best. The family are in my thoughts and prayers.
We will always love you, Phyllis. Rest in peace and rise in glory.
Arlene Wiggins.
Kathryn Dunlop Kathryn Dunlop wrote on January 10, 2024 at 7:56 am
Dear Ishmael and family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of Phyllis. I was a colleague of Phyllis for four years and a friend for almost twenty. At the Development Office of the Canadian High Commission, we depended on her wise counsel. Phyllis made us laugh out loud at least once a day with her dry wit and observations. She was esteemed and beloved. Her compassion for the children of Barbados and children everywhere was unparalleled. Phyllis was so kind to me and my entire family. We will miss her so.
Dr Donna Cameron on behalf of the CBL Team, Dept of Family Medicine, Georgetown Univ School of Medicine Dr Donna Cameron on behalf of the CBL Team, Dept of Family Medicine, Georgetown Univ School of Medicine wrote on January 5, 2024 at 2:27 pm
What a painful and significant loss, Dr Roett! So unexpected; such a central figure in your family; such a dear!
I hope you will find comfort and support from the love we all have for you and your family!
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