Phyllis Mary Olsen
December 19, 1931 – February 2, 2015
Peacefully surrounded by her loving family Phyllis passed away on February 2, 2015. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba December 19, 1931, Phyllis is survived by Don, her husband of 63 years, and her children Kris (Lisa) of Calgary, Glenn (Lynn) of Nanaimo, Karl (Linda) of Calgary and Linda LaCharite (Tim) of Errington. And grandchildren, Brad, Patrick (Raegan), Laura, Sydney, Alana, Kirstin and Marissa plus two great-granddaughters, Harmonie and Callie.
Phyllis was a lover of life and music who stayed home to raise her children until they were all off to school. She returned to school herself and became a Teacher’s Aide, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. She had a great sense of humour and loved to have a good laugh. She always saw the best in everyone and was always positive and encouraging. She loved to sing and play piano and sang with the Sweet Adelines women’s choir. In 1978, Phyllis and Don moved to Nanaimo where she worked for Irwin Industries. Upon her retirement, Phyllis continued to spread her good sense of humour and positive energy throughout the community and became a founding member of the local Red Hat Societies’ Red Hot Bloomers, a sisterhood that Phyllis loved and truly enjoyed and that continued to support her throughout her three year stay at Dufferin Place.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Forrester, Dr. Croome and the staff of the Birch Ward at Dufferin Place. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm at the Chapel in First Memorial, 1720 Bowen Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Kidney foundation or a charity of your choice.