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HUSBY, Phyllis May (nee King)

1919 – Rosthern, SK
2013 – Calgary, AB

Phyllis May Husby of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Chinook Hospice in Calgary, at the age of 93 years.

Phyllis was born in 1919 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan to parents Thomas Mason King and Elizabeth Bessie Dean and grew up on a farm near Leask, Saskatchewan. After graduating from high school, she accompanied her mother to England to visit their family in Farnham, Surrey and was there during the early days of WWII. After returning to Canada, Phyllis joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corp, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant. After the end of the war, Phyllis moved to Saskatoon where she met and married the love of her life, Archie Husby. Phyllis and Archie lived in many small towns during their sixty years of marriage, including Southey, Saskatchewan, Tilley, Cermona, Vermilion and Vulcan Alberta before retiring in Calgary. Phyllis joined the Eastern star in 1952, and was an active member for most of her life. She was also an enthusiastic volunteer in the United Church.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Patsy McNish (Larry), Aileen Smith (Warren) and Brian Husby (Joan Erickson); eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren who were vey close to her She is fondly remembered by the family’s special friends Chuck and Jean Bourque, Ken Scheelar and Phyllis Sawchuk .Over their lifetime Phyllis and Archie made many friends, and endeavored to stay in contact with them. Phyllis also valued her family and relations and her relatives in England and in Warman, Saskatchewan held a warm place in her heart. She will be loved and remembered by all her knew her. She was predeceased by her daughter Margo Husby-Scheelar in February, 2013 and her husband Archie Husby in October, 2005.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 2:30p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire Memorial tributes in May’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer , 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email ;or the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,

In living memory of Phyllis Husby, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Glenn & Alice Graham :

    It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Phyllis, she was a special person with such a positive attitude, she would always greet you with that pleasant smile. We will miss her family Christmas letters and phone calls and we also know she was a special Mom. We would like to extend our deepest Sympathy and may God give you all strength to face the difficult days ahead. Time does heal, but the wonderful memories last forever. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on Saturday.
    Take Care!
    Glenn & Alice Graham

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  2. Cheryl Archer :

    Pasty and Family my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.
    Cheryl Archer

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  3. Richard Shaw :

    I was a student of ARCHIES when he was the principal at Vermillion. I knew your mother and my parents were friends of your parents. How fondly I remember them I am so glad I got to see them at the reunion held some years ago. Please accept my condolences. Your dad had a huge effect on my path through life I will forever remember him with great affection. God bless Rick Shaw

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  4. Phyllis Cherrett :

    I just wanted you all to know how much I wish I could be with you all today for your mother/ my aunt’s funeral. She was an amazing person and my life is the poorer for her passing.

    love and best wishes to you all from all the Phil Husbys

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  5. Barbara Wallace :

    Please know that many caring thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. May you find comfort in knowing that love lives on forever and may the many special memories you cherish see you through the difficult times.
    Deepest Sympathy

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  6. Noreen (Graham) Roberts :

    When the clouds of your sorrow lift, you will have such beautiful memories of your Mom. She was such a gracious, beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It has been such a hard year for your family. I remember the laughter your Mom and my Mom (Muriel) shared. I’m sorry that I can’t be with you today – but I’m there in spirit.

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  7. June Pirie (Sinclair) :

    Your mother was a dear friend to our mother & I enjoyed maintaining the connection through Christmas letters. She gave my mother a prism that hung in my mother’s window until her passing, my mother used to always say when the sun shone through and put reflected colors on her wall, “there’s Phyllis saying hello”. That continues when the sun shines in my windows today. Thinking of you.

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  8. Peter and Mo Pickersgill :

    Everything does happen at once.
    We were sorry that we could not personally say goodbye to our dear friend Phyllis but six friends picked this past weekend to stay with us. I loved working with Phyllis and Archie. And such good times we had together. Our sympathy to all of you.
    Pete and Mo

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  9. Rev. Wendy Bily :

    My aunt just mailed me the notice of Phyllis’ death, (and with it, news of Margo’s death as well). I was so saddened to hear this news. Phyllis and Archie were a great support to me in my time at Vulcan United Church, and for 26 years, I have loved getting the Husby Herald each Christmas with news of the family. They both had an amazing gift of hospitality,compassion, and wisdom and I feel so blessed to have known them both. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you learn to live with her loss.

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  10. Kristine (Voisey) Ross :

    Phyllis was such a huge part of my childhood due mainly to the hours, days, and years I spent riding horses with you Brian, and Aileen. What I remember the most about your mom was her perpetual happiness and the way she would always kiss you both good bye when we would leave for a ride. We used to swing by your house so she could say hi to the horses and give them a sugar cube. She truly loved animals, her family and life. My thoughts are with you both, Patsy, and your families.

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  11. Phil brooks son of Daphne Brooks :

    Hi there, you wont know me but my mum, Daphne Brooks, was Phyl’s (as we knew her) lifelong friend in England. When we didn’t hear from her this Xmas I feared the worst, tried telephone number but came up unobtainable and a few enquiries via Google confirmed my fears by bringing up this site. Regrettably, my mum, Daphne(89), is herself now in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimers and severe memory problems so will have to remain unaware of Phyl’s death (she’d forget even if I told her). I just wanted you to know how much I will miss reading the annual Husby herald to Mum and what great friends they for there entire long lives. I am sorry for sending Phyl a Xmas card from mum and hope it did not cause anyone any distress.

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