Gwen Marie Phillips (nee Griswold, McIntyre)

Nov 29, 1938 – Apr 1, 2018
Predeceased by parents Florence and Clarence Griswold, and son David McIntyre.  It is with a sigh of relief and the knowing that Mom is at peace and out of pain.

Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Friend and co-worker – Gwen Marie Phillips passed peacefully in the early hours of Easter Sunday April 1, 2018. Her long battle with non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Alzheimer’s  is over.

Mother to Linda, Kathy-Ann, Brian, and Daniel. Step children Jim and Sherry. Mom was a homemaker when we were going up and became Granny to many children she looked after in her home. Born in Spy Hill Saskatchewan, her family moved to Cedar BC attending North Cedar Elementary and then NDSS High School. Upon becoming an empty nester Mom went back to school and became a Registered Care where she excelled in her studies and made many friends. Her very first job was at Malaspina Gardens Seniors Facility where she became one of the family . She loved the residents and her co-workers which was very evident when her move from the Interior back home was an easy transition. 

Upon retirement Mom got that pioneer spirit and with her 4 legged kids- Sassy then Harry, Mia then Angel – moved to Lone Butte, Oliver, finally settling in Williams Lake. She loved the BC Interior. Mom never slowed down. Between fishing, woodworking projects, drawing in charcoal, painting with oils and watercolors, bird watching adventures, playing bingo and enjoying many games of Yahtzee and crib with her many friends she enjoyed life. 

Her passion was her enormous veggie garden. In every place she resided Mom was in the garden soil up to her elbows. With every Fall Fair she entered she won many ribbons and prizes for her entries in both the food and craft categories. The abundance was always shared with friends, neighbours, local food banks and Salvation Army Kitchen each year. 

We would like to thank Dr. Englebrok and the staff of the Williams Lake Seniors Facility for helping to ease Mom into their care. It was not an easy thing for her being so independent by nature. Your help and caring ways made it easy for mom to adjust. A special thank-you goes to Donna and Randy Johnson. Their undying support for my mom as a neighbour, friend and just being there whenever the calls came. Donna your loving support and organization to keep Mom’s affairs in order. You have no idea how grateful the family is.  Randy – my Hero…fellow fence jumper and partner in crime …thank-you for helping keep my mom safe in her home and for the support when we needed help. Mom loved you both.

To the staff of Chartwell Malaspina Care Facility, Lydia  my savior for allowing my Mom to come home in time to enjoy life. To the staff especially on Hummingbird. There are no words to describe the gratitude for the love and compassion you have given Mom during her stay and over the years of her working life. Your love compassion and friendship will always be remembered. 

No service by request. Donations can be made to the local SPCA in your community.

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