Phyllis Dawley


A resident of Woodland Villa in Long Sault, for the past 10 years, Phyllis Dawley (nee Abbott) passed away there on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  She was 90.

Phyllis was born in Durrington, England, on September 21, 1922, to her parents  Charles and Maud Abbott (nee Heaver). She grew up next door to Stonehenge where she played as a youngster, along with her older brother Bill and her older sister Agnes. 

When WW 2 broke out, Phyllis worked in the post office and then went on to be a factory welder building fighter planes for the war effort. 

During the war years, she met a young Canadian paratrooper from the 1st Airborne Parachute Battalion, Dalton Dawley – a farmer from Morrisburg. They were married in Durrington, on May 29th, 1945. After the war ended, Dalton returned home to Morrisburg, with Phyllis following a short time later. 

Phyllis and Dalton were blessed with three sons, Bryan, Tom and Kent. 

Over the years, Phyllis worked at various jobs. But the job she enjoyed and loved the most was as a seamstress at Upper Canada Village. Both she and Hedda Cassell made the costumes that were worn by the people working at the village. 

After retiring, Phyllis and Dalton enjoyed travelling across Canada to various 1st Airborne reunions.  Phyllis took great pride in her sons and in her three grandchildren. And of course she was delighted to be able to meet her two great-grandchildren, Kaeghan and Aodhan.

Phyllis, along with her dear friend Hedda, was unparalleled when it came to working for St. James Church. The church was an important part of her life. 

Phyllis is survived by her sons Bryan (Karen), Tom (Wanda) and Kent (Carol), all of Mariatown, and her sister Agnes Herbert of England.  

She will be fondly remembered by granddaughters Laura (Derek) Lowson and Shanna Dawley (Kent Miller) and great-grandchildren Kaeghan and Aodhan Lowson. 

 She is also survived by nieces and nephews in Canada and England.   

She was predeceased by her husband Dalton, her brother Bill Abbott and her grandson Jason Dawley.     

Friends called at St. James Anglican Church, Morrisburg, on Friday, June 28th from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Service which was held at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue McCullough officiating.  Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.

Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Thompson, John Jones and Percy Salmon.  Pallbearers were Derek Lowson, Steven Casselman, Mahlon Locke, Chuck Irvine, Jack Notman and Jim Adlington.  

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg.  Online condolences may be made at 


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