January 26, 1914 – February 1, 2009
After a short illness, Phyllis passed away peacefully
February 1, 2009 at Arrowsmith Lodge at the age of 95.
Born in Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Anne and George Richardson, first husband Frederick Ganden, second husband Herbert Tatton, and her sister Irene Vaughan.
Left to mourn are her daughters Janet Ganden of Nanaimo and Sharon Corrin of Coquitlam. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren David Corrin of New Westminster, Brian (Nancy) Corrin of Burnaby; and great-grand children Benjamin and Katrina Corrin of Burnaby; sister Marguerite Mitchell of Qualicum Beach; nieces Myrna (Henry) Jenson of Churchbridge, SK; Janis (Bill) Cockell of St. Albert, AB; Neil (Sandy) Mitchell of Qualicum Beach; and Keith (Clover) Mitchell of Delta; second-cousins Jim (Ruby) Kingsley of Parksville and Mary Kingsley of Parksville; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, extended family of Tatton’s in the local area and around the Yorkton and Churchbridge, SK areas.
Phyllis grew up on the farm and in Bredenbury during the great depression. She moved to Calgary with her mother, Anne and sister Marguerite. After spending some time there she and her girls moved back to the farm in SK. Soon after she married Herb and they lived for many years on the farm in SK. In the mid-50’s the family returned to Calgary, then another move in 1972 to retire in Qualicum Beach where they built a house on Chester Road.
Her father George had acreage located close to his sister’s chicken farm owned and operated in the early years of the 1900’s by the Golding family of Qualicum Beach. His daughters each developed a portion of the acreage for their use.
She was an active person in the communities where ever she resided. Phyllis was a life member of the United Church of Canada, the Old Age Pensioner’s of BC, (held the position of President of the Qualicum Beach Branch for 10 years), the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion of Parksville Branch #49 (served on the Executive for many years), a nominee for the British Columbia Senior Citizen of the Year award. She was also involved with the Qualicum Lawn Bowling Club, the Carpet Bowling Club (winning Second in pairs for BC), the Qualicum Beach Recreation Council, the Happy Squares Dancers, the Round Dancers, the Heart and Stroke Club, the Seniors Drop Inn Centre in Parksville and many other organizations.
Phyllis had many talents and hobbies including knitting, camping, playing cards, pool, curling, gardening, painting, played the violin in her younger years, played piano to name a few. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it.
You will be missed … Peace be with you, Mom.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held in March
at a date to be announced.