Phyllis E. Davidson
April 30, 1922 – February 16, 2012
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing, of Phyllis Davidson after a lengthy stay in hospital, just two months shy of her 90th birthday. Born in Swift Current, Sask., Mom left her prairie roots for the west coast in the early 1940’s. In Vancouver life-long friendships were made while attending Sprott-Shaw and later on, at Pinewell Crescent, where Mom and Dad built our family home. A long time resident of Richmond, BC, Phyllis will be remembered as a dear and caring friend who loved to laugh, and as an animal lover, a gifted knitter, seamstress and quilter as well as the baker of perhaps the best scones, pies and cinnamon buns “in the entire world”. After 34 years in the old neighborhood, Mom and Dad left our much loved home for smaller ‘digs’ in Tsawwassen.
Following Dad’s death, Mom, at the age of 80, boldly packed up and moved again to Salt Spring Island where she realized a life long dream – to wake up and have her coffee overlooking the ocean every morning. Once on the island, Grandma’s place continued to be the ‘hub’ for family dinners and celebrations. It was not lost on Phyllis’ children’s friends when growing up, or later, her grandsons that the Davidson’s had dessert with every meal and there was always an endless supply of home baked goodies in reserve (just peek in the freezer, but don’t get caught).
Predeceased by her husband, Everett, sisters: Win, Nora and Margaret and dear friend, Dorothy, she leaves to mourn her children: Ron and Ann Marie and the joys of her life – her grandsons, Keegan, Evan and Christian.
Her family would like to thank Balsam House resident homemaker, Sandi, of Heritage Place, who helped to ease Mom’s transition to living in a senior’s residence with affectionate laughter and for being such a powerful and effective advocate for all the seniors under her watchful eye. We’d also like to acknowledge the dedicated and caring staff of our wonderful island hospital, Lady Minto.
A celebration of Phyllis’ life is planned for Friday, February 24th at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Room of South Arm United Church in Richmond where Mom spent so many happy hours with her quilting group. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lady Minto Hospital or to the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre.