Phyllis Northrup Dirks Demont died peacefully at home in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 21, 2013. She was 98 years old. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 7, 1914 to Dr. William F. and Jessie Wyckoff Northrup. She attended the University of Michigan.
She married Robert E. Dirks in 1937. The couple was married for 39 years until Mr. Dirks died in 1976 at the age of 63. In 1979, she married Albert M. Demont. They were married for 25 years until Mr. Demont predeceased her in 2005 at the age of 97. She was also predeceased by her son, Stephen Northrup Dirks, in 2007 at the age of 62.
Mrs. Demont lived in Schenectady, New York for 49 years beginning in 1960. She was a member of Union Presbyterian Church and subsequently the First Reformed Church. She was an accomplished piano player and sang in church choirs for over 50 years. She was a member of The Mohawk Club, Queen’s Fort, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In 2009, Mrs. Demont moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Survivors include two daughters, Ginny Dirks Krauss and husband Fred Krauss of Raleigh, NC, and Marti Dirks Hopper and husband Bob Hopper of Boulder, CO; daughter-in-law Carlinda Dirks of Tucson, AZ; four grandchildren, Alan Krauss, Zoe Dirks, Patrick and Christopher Hopper; and three great-grandsons, Micah, Jonathan, and Levi Krauss.
Phyllis was known and loved by everyone she touched. She was kind, loving, generous, and gracious. She was beautiful and forever young in both body and spirit. She had a wonderful sense of humor, maintaining her ability to laugh throughout her life. Her family, friends, church, and community meant the world to her. We will tremendously miss her presence on this earth.
The family greatly appreciates the caring staff at Abbotswood at Stonehenge and Sunrise at North Hills in Raleigh.
A memorial service will be held at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, New York at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (Steve Dirks Memorial Fund), 230 E Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org or the P.E.O. Scholar Awards, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312, www.peointernational.org.