February 26, 1932 – September 2, 2016
Our Mom passed away in loving family arms on September 2nd after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Phyllis is survived by her children: her son Tom Perry and daughter-in-law Kathy Thibodeau and their children Larissa and Liam; and her daughter Ann Perry-Smith and her son-in-law Steve Smith and their daughter Charlotte. Phyllis was predeceased by her beloved father George Thomas, her mother Evelyn Thomas, her sister Claire Scheffer and her ex-husband Gordon Perry. Phyllis was born in Lethbridge, A.B. and grew up in Diamond City and Lethbridge before moving with her family to Victoria, BC as a teenager. Phyllis married Gordon and they soon moved their family to the Cowichan Valley, where she happily remained. Mom was incredibly hardworking; dedicated to her family and home. She loved her children and her animals. Although she always swore she “wasn’t grandmother material”, she loved her grandchildren dearly. She was a proud mom who never missed her children’s activities or events. Through her actions she showed her love. One of the bravest things Mom ever did was to re-build her life when she and Dad divorced after 28 years of marriage. The second biggest challenge Mom ever met was to rebuild her friendship with Dad, years later, for the sake of her children. Phyllis pursued many activities and hobbies. She was a very talented bowler, golfer, gardener, crafter and baker. She made the very best blackberry pie and Nanaimo bars. She had a gift for the gab and was a loyal friend to many. We will be forever grateful to the amazing staff at Acacia Ty Mawr who cared for Mom so well in her final three years. They adopted Mom and loved her like family. These wonderful people became part of our family. Thank you does not say enough. We were all, family and friends alike, blessed to have Mom in our lives. She will be dearly missed. A memorial tea will be held at a later date to celebrate Phyllis’ life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC or to the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society.