BOWNESS, Phyllis Pinnington
November 4, 1929 – Saskatoon, SK
January 20, 2015 – Calgary, AB
Phyllis was the baby of the family, born on the cusp of the Great Depression. She lost her mother at the age of 10, and then in her early teens, saw her siblings leave her behind while they fulfilled their commitments to the War effort. These years saw her temper a backbone of steel, which served her well all her life. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce, Phyllis moved to Calgary, where she met the boss’ son, a handsome, cocky, young man who swept her off her feet. Married in Saskatoon, they set up housekeeping in Calgary and soon adopted two adorable cocker spaniels. Soon after came two adopted children, not quite as furry, but just as adorable. Phyllis loved gardening, making a glorious English cottage garden out of what was once a part of Calgary’s original polo grounds. Always athletic, Phyll’s other passions were the badminton courts, the bowling alley, and the curling rink at the Glencoe Club. She was also wicked Bridge player, a holdover from her university days. Her talent extended to her piano playing, knitting, sewing, baking; whatever she put her mind to, she mastered. She was a devoted mom, who loved creating wonderful memories for her family. There were things that her family dragged her into that may not have been her first choice for “fun and entertainment”, but she would always embrace the adventure. Phyll was a member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church since 1963, always volunteering her time and making new friends. She taught her family the value of volunteerism, which connected her to a growing Calgary in many different ways. She made a home on Carlyle Road, which kept us warm, safe and dry and provided shelter to anyone caught in a storm.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ernest Andrew, with whom she shared 61 years of wedded bliss, her exuberant daughter Virginia Bowness Goodman, awesome son-in-law Ian, grandchildren, Sean and Bryna whom she loved unreservedly; sister-in-law Peggy Wakeling; niece Margie Lockwood (Eric); nephews Rob Wakeling and The Hon. Thomas W. Wakeling QC and Judge for The Court for Appeal for Alberta (Audrey A. Wakeling QC); and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Phyllis was predeceased by her beloved son, Bob Bowness; brother The Hon. Thomas Clarkson Wakeling QC and Judge for the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan; sisters Joan Fenton (Byron), Keith Sinclair (Chuck), and Helen Wakeling; parents Ruth Wakeling and The Hon. Bertram M. T.C. Wakeling QC and Judge for the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan and stepmother Kathleen Wakeling.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 – 75th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org. or to Lupus Canada, #14, 3555 14th Avenue, Markham, ON L3R 0H5 Telephone: (800) 661 – 1468. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Phyllis Bowness, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences