With her family by her side, Phyllis Minnie Arlene English (nee Smith) passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.
Phyllis was born November 18, 1914, in Iroquois to the late James and Ethel Smith.
She was the dearly beloved wife of the late Albert English and loving mother of Jeannine (Ed) Barkley and Carol Ann Montgomery all of Iroquois. She was the much cherished “Mum” of Debra (Brian) Coughler of Spencerville, Sheree (John) Hanson, Chris (Nancy) Barkley all of Iroquois and Julie (Jerry) Lynch of Brockville.
She will be most sadly missed by six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was predeceased by brothers Ralph and Harry Smith and by her son-in-law David Montgomery.
Phyllis was a woman of great spirit, wit and determination. After the Second World War, she and Albert purchased English’s Dry Goods which they ran until 1976, when they retired.
She was family oriented and was always proud, caring and supportive of her family. Her home and her gardens were always impeccably kept.
Having survived the depression years, she was always mindful that all who came to her home were well fed and entertained. She truly enjoyed singing, dancing and especially enjoyed traveling.
Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, with the funeral taking place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
Following the service interment took place at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Iroquois.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.