A golden heart stopped beating Nov. 12, 2010 and Mom passed peacefully in G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital at age 83. I must have faith that her long time companion (Peter Syvolos) who predeceased on EXACTLY THE SAME DATE (6 years earlier) beckoned her home.
During her brief stay in hospital, caring friends and palliative care comforted Mom, day and night as Moms’ favourite music (Josh Grobin) filled the room. I humbly thank these angels for ensuring Mom was never left alone. Also special thanks to the Dr. and nursing staff who went over and above, making sure I was able to communicate by phone to Mom.
Mom was born and raised in Reading, Berks, England (one of three girls). Predeceased by her parents and youngest sister Beryl. A very athletic young woman who was very proud of medals and awards re: swimming, racing etc.
She met and married Dad (Dale Cavanaugh -predeceased 1979) and came overseas with the warbrides, joined him and settled in Calgary where they raised their only child Gail. 15 years later they relocated to Kitimat, B.C. Mom was employed by Safeway (Calgary) and Super Value (Kitimat). In 1964 her work transferred Mom to Quesnel where she continued to work for Super Value/Extra Foods until retirement.
During this time she met her special friend Peter. Their happiest days were spent camping and fishing with their dearest friends and as often as possible – Gail and her family.
Mom and Peter shared a passion for adventure, wildlife and their pets, Toby and Shadow who were always at their side.
Phyllis will be deeply missed by her daughter; Gail (Robert) Schmick, grandchildren; Karla Vandenberg, Darin (Kristen) Schmick, great grandchildren; Ben Schmick, Courtney and Colton Vandenberg. Older sister Ivy in England, special friends residing in B.C. (who knew Mom in Calgary and have always kept in touch), Verna Sutherland, John Dugan, many nieces and nephews.
To Sharon – dear and dedicated friend for 35 years – where would I be without you. Your help, love and understanding for both Mom and Pete will never be forgotten.
To Char – my special friend from Calgary who put her life on hold to live and care for Mom for 3 months (during which time I came as often as able). You shared stories and jokes, she was very happy. You are truly amazing – Thank You.
Thanks also to friends, nurses, caregivers, RCMP and Northern Health. My Mom has not died in vain.
Cremation preformed by Clayton’s Funeral Directors. Celebration of Life will take place in the spring, announcement to follow.