Betty Phillips Mirabito, 80

Betty Phillips Mirabito, 80Betty Phillips Mirabito, 80, of Fulton, died Saturday at Oswego Hospital.

A native of Springfield, MO, she had resided in Los Angeles, CA six years before moving to Fulton in 1947. Betty, with her husband Joseph, co-owned and operated Mirabito Brothers Grocery Store in Fulton for 11 years.

She was a hairdresser owning Elizabeth “J” Coiffures in Fulton from 1969 to 1975. Betty, Joe and their son, Steven Phillips were co-owners of Phillips Hair Styling Institute in Syracuse from 1981 to 2005. She also had worked at Nestle Company from 1947 to 1969.

Betty was a communicant of The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton where she served as Eucharistic Minister, was on the landscaping committee and member of the Golden Agers.

She was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Erwin G. Phillips, who died in 1974. Betty, a loving wife, mother and grandmother is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joseph Mirabito of Fulton; her sons, Michael and Brenda Phillips of Fulton and Steven Phillips and partner Paul Stewart of Oswego; grandchildren, Chad Phillips of Orlando, FL and Danielle and Don Wester of Fayetteville. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews.

Prayer services will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Immaculate Conception, 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton, 13069.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Joe & Family
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Betty was a truly wonderful person and we will always remember her. Glad that I got to see her this spring and have a nice conversation with her.
    With our Sympathy,
    Garry & Connie

  2. I am saddened to hear that Betty has left us. For many years she and Joe and their family were generous to do so much work to host Mirabito family reunions which took place around the 4th of July. I looked forward to these events and thanks to Betty I have many great memories of coming across the country and seeing so many relatives.
    It was always great to see her constant smile and be in the sunshine of her company. I am sure she continues to shine.
    God Bless Her and those she Loved, Michael Ross Mirabito

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with Joe and the family. I went to school with Steve and remember how wonderfully involved she was in his life. She continued that with Joe at the store. I was a sales rep there for a few years and always enjoyed seeing her with that marvelous smile and chatting with Joe about the things that they were doing in there lives. She brought heartfelt sincerity to many lives. She will be missed. May God Bless…
    Tim Rose

  4. Joe and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you at this difficult time.
    Paul, Rhonda, Mary and Sara Campolieta

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