Phyllis Sylvia Davies
December 18, 1919 – September 24, 2017
Phyllis Sylvia Davies, born December 18, 1919, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Penticton Regional Hospital September 24, 2017.
Born in Kamloops and growing up during the Depression, Phyllis knew her priorities from early on in life. A dedicated student, Phyllis continued her studies at UBC and graduated in Applied Science (Nursing)in ’43. After taking a position at Vancouver General Hospital for many years, she and her late husband, Bob Davies, decided to raise two daughters, Sylvia and Ann. During this time, Phyllis continued to work as a teacher at Vancouver Vocational Schools, but it was clear that her family always came first.
By the mid-seventies the girls were grown and Phyllis and Bob chose to relocate to Penticton to retire. It was around this time that Phyllis joined the I.O.D.E and continued to be an active and contributing member until her passing.
Phyllis was a loyal, caring, thoughtful, open-minded, independent and practical person, who treated everyone with the greatest respect. She was easy to talk to and had a sharp wit that always made you laugh. She was the loving matriarch of her family who showered her family in unconditional love.
She loved to garden, cook delicious meals, and was always interested in trying new recipes and ideas. More than anything though, she enjoyed gathering her family around her. Whether it was holiday celebrations, birthday dinners, or drop-in visits, she always found time to stop what she was doing and be fully present for her loved ones.
Phyllis is lovingly remembered by her daughters Sylvia Kellett and Ann (Bill) McAleese, her grand-daughters Sarah (Mike) Johnson, Stephanie (Rob) Kellett, Vanessa and Jennifer (Kevin) McAleese, her great-grandchildren Mikayla and Alex Johnson, Riley Grant, nieces Diane (Roly) Worsfold and Barbara Kallaur, nephew Bob Hayward, and numerous other family members.
Phyllis was predeceased by her parents John and Mary Rowe, her husband Stainton “Bob” Davies (1988), her brother Leonard Rowe and sister Ruth Hayward, her in-laws Marion Kallaur, Emily Rowe, Lloyd Hayward, and her grandson Billy McAleese.
May she Rest In Peace knowing that she was widely loved and respected. She touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the S.S. Sicamous on Okanagan Lake, Thursday November 2, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at Penticton Regional Hospital for their sincere and compassionate care during her final days, and also the members of the I.O.D.E. for their dedication and participation in both Phyllis’ life and her community.
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Miss Me, But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me;
I don’t want to rise in a gloom filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little bit, but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low;
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me… but let me go.
For the journey, we all must take,
And each must go it alone;
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely, and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know;
And bury your sorrow’s in doing good deeds,
Miss me… but let me go.
Everden Rust Funeral Services