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WHITEFORD, Phyllis Kate (nee Ward)

16 November, 1920 – Dovercourt Bay, England
7 February, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Phyllis decided that enough was enough on 7 February, 2014.

Phyllis was born and grew up in England on the coast, where her favourite pastime was swimming. She trained as a secretary and worked for a number of firms in England and Canada. Phyllis met her husband Jim during WWII. He had come to England with the Royal Canadian Engineers to train for combat in the war, but met her one night while he was singing at a concert. They married in 1943 and lived in Bocking until Jim was deployed to Sicily. After the war, Phyllis moved to Olds, AB as one of the War Brides and lived with her Scottish-Canadian family. Jim joined her six months later. They moved to Calgary where Phyllis gave birth to Gail. Phyllis was one of the founding members of the Alberta War Brides. Eventually she worked as an Executive Secretary and retired from SAIT as the Executive Secretary to the President. Upon Jim’s retirement in 1974, they travelled back to Europe and spent two years touring in a motor home. Phyllis loved travel and for a number of years they travelled through the United States and Canada, as well as Hawaii, Mexico, and most of Europe. She loved her daughter and granddaughter, good books and her nightly gin martini. But mostly she loved the sea. She always talked about returning there. We shall obey her wishes and take a trip to the English coast that she loved so much and return her to her beloved English Sea later this year. Phyllis was a lady by all definitions of the word. She will be remembered and she will be missed.

Phyllis slipped away quietly, as was her style, leaving behind her daughter Gail; granddaughter Allison; brother Derek (Maureen); niece Franki (Bob) and sister-in-law Jenny; close family friends Stan and Shirley; as well as a myriad of friends and family. She was predeceased by her newborn Anne; her husband Jim; and her sister Sally as well as her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, buy a nice bottle of your favourite drink and raise a glass in a toast to Phyllis. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thanks must go to the staff of the Carewest Glenmore Park, Unit 2 East for the incredible care they took of Phyllis and the whole family.

In living memory of Phyllis Whiteford, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.
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  1. Roberta Mauer Phillips :

    Gail and Allison, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though, as you said, Phyllis had had enough, I know how painful a time this must be for you. She was an amazingly strong woman who will be missed.
    Sending much love.
    Roberta

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  2. Shari Wattling :

    Gail, Allison and family,

    Sending our love and condolences. So hard to part, yet so lovely to remember. Thinking of you.

    Shari & Trevor

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  3. Marilynn Sander (on behalf of SA) :

    SAIT’s ALIVE members (retired and former colleagues and spouses from SAIT) send their condolences to the Whiteford Family in the loss of Phyllis. May she rest in peace.

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  4. Wayne and Katharine morris :

    Gail.
    We were saddened to read of your Mom’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and best wishes to you and Allison at this difficult time.
    Wayne and Katharine
    (Sir John A MacDonald)

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  5. Stan Argue-Simes :

    She was an elegant woman with a wicked sense of humour. I am glad she was part of my life. She is already missed!

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  6. My sincerest condolences, Gail. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sherry Martens

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  7. Gail and Allison, the Vancouver Craigs share your loss. We recall fondly the happy hours spent with Aunt Phyl here in Vancouver – usually in the dining room of The Sylvia Hotel looking out over Phyl’s beloved ocean and appreciating the food, the toasts and each others company. She had so much to share with the younger generation about family and world times past – it was time to be treasured. Aunt Phyl brought her grace and English sensibilities to each party. We will all miss her.

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  8. Love and condolences from the Australian branch of the family.

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  9. Jan & Tom Bates :

    Dear Gail & Allison,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother/grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. As requested, we will raise a glass in her honor.

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  10. Linda Daley, Doreen Bohnet, Pat Peach :

    Gail and Allison, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom/Grandmother but we know she now resides with the angels and at peace. She is watching over both of you now and forever.
    We remember her as a very kind, gentle and welcoming lady who made my Mom feel better about moving into a Senior’s Residence. I remember her smile and her lovely laugh.
    Take Care, We are thinking of you both.

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  11. Carole and Mike Webb :

    We wish to offer our condolences to Gail and Allison at this sad time. We remember our time spent in Canada and meeting up with Phyllis and I enjoyed our exchange of letters.
    Our love to you all.
    Carole and Mike

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  12. Liz & Brian Smith :

    Please accept our condolences at this sad time

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  13. Linda McClelland :

    Gail:
    So sorry to see your Mom’s obituary in the paper….thinking of you. In fact, I think of you quite frequently! Even though (or maybe because) your Mom was 93, there are even more memories to grieve. When my Mom died at the approx. same age, I eventually cherished every time she popped into mind. If you raise a glass every time that happens, you will be restarting your “Pigs” Club.
    Best regards and happy memories
    Linda

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  14. Gail,
    I am sorry I missed you Mom’s service. As you know my mother Hope passed away only 2 days later. Phyllis was always looking out for Mom in the Phoenician; perhaps she called her to a better place. They were great friends for so many years.
    Peter

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