Share your memories

We welcome you to leave a to the family with your memories of Phyllis and how she impacted your life.

6 thoughts on “Share your memories”

  1. My aunt was a woman with a generous and gracious spirit. A bountiful hostess, she delighted in welcoming people into her home through the warmth of her hospitality and the wonderful flavors of her cooking. Every meal she prepared was a labor of love, an opportunity to nourish the bodies and souls of her family and dear friends. Her care and consideration for others was woven into all she did. She was always attuned to the needs of those around her, both great and small, and quick to lend a helping hand or listening ear to whoever crossed her path. Her face would light up whenever I visited. Above all, she exemplified the generous heart of one who always wanted the best for others. Her desire for our wellbeing came from a place of unconditional love. I was blessed to have such a selfless soul watching over me, guiding and cheering me on through my life’s journey. My aunt’s memory lives on in all those she touched through her kindness, hospitality and caring. We can take comfort knowing that the way she lived her life has left an eternal imprint for good in this world.

  2. Michelle Houle

    The first time I met Aunt Phyl was late in the summer of 1994 just after we announced our upcoming marriage. We travelled to PEI to meet her and stayed at the Farmhouse with my soon-to-be in-laws Ed & Eleanor (Phyllis’ sister). We enjoyed sun-filled days, boat outings, games nights at their cabin, and poetry nights at the Farmhouse. She was warm, inviting, and always seemed to have a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face. I felt accepted right away. The cookbooks she and Bud bought us as a wedding gift are still in use and the cute pottery pig graces a nearby desk with other mementos of our lives, reminders of that lovely summer trip. Here we are nearly 29 years later and I’m glad to say that those first impressions I had of her held true; there was nothing fake about Aunt Phyl. She was always a warm and caring woman. And the twinkle in her eye was for the good she saw in people and in life’s situations. Her optimism was contagious. I will miss her.

  3. Jim & Nancy Campbell

    Dear Jan, John, Jeff, and families,
    Our heartfelt prayers are with you all at this time of your loss of your dear Mom and Gram. It was evident that she had such a deep love for each one of you.

    What a blessing dear Phyllis was to us and we’re quite sure to SO many family and friends! She was truly one of a kind! Because of her genuine care and concern for others, she put forth the effort to reach out to or keep in touch with so many, which was no small feat! She was such an encouragement to us, making us always feel so special, as we have a feeling each one can say! Her prayer list was long, yet she prayed for each one diligently, knowing and believing that the Lord hears and answers!

    It wasn’t until we were in our forties that Jim & I each understood our need to trust the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. So, it was almost 20 years ago that we began to attend Bellevue Gospel Chapel in Schenectady, NY, where we met dear Phyl and Bud. Phyllis was, of course, so welcoming with her usual joyful spirit, and we loved listening to Bud’s teaching of the Word with his sweet, yet earnest demeanor. They both truly reflected the Lord and their love for Him!

    Of course, they were then away for parts of the year, at PEI, and then in Boca Raton. My (Nancy’s) Mom also had a place in Florida, so we would visit yearly for our week or so vacation time. We eventually realized how close Boca was to us there, and began to attend the Boca Bible Chapel where Bud & Phyl were! Before my Mom’s passing, she would come with us, and of course, Phyl and Bud were so welcoming to her as well, inviting us for lunches. So, that began our deeper friendship and the sweet fellowship that we had with dear Bud & Phyl! They showed us what Christian love and hospitality were really all about. It is difficult to put into words how special these times were to us. We loved hearing their stories, which often relayed what a wonderful Christian heritage they had!

    When Bud went home to the Lord in 2017, dear Phyllis bravely carried on. We were both retired about that time, so we were able to spend more time in Florida each year, and hence, more sweet and memorable times with our dear Phyllis! How she loved to hear about the work of the Lord, especially in the children’s ministry back home at Bellevue, and we so appreciated her encouragement and her prayers for so many! We already miss her so much!

    It is hard to fathom that our dear Phyllis is no longer with us, yet, even now, we know that she is in the presence of the Lord that she loved so much!! And we, who have been saved by the precious blood of Jesus, will surely see our dear Sister and friend again, perhaps today! Therefore, we are able to celebrate Phyllis’ wonderful life and testimony.

    “You will show me the path of life;
    In Your presence is fullness of joy;
    At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
    Psalm 16:11

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    John 3:16

    Praying for the comfort and peace that only the Lord can give.
    With love and sympathy,
    Jim & Nancy Campbell

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  4. I grew up on PEI and summer always meant that Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Bud, and (most importantly for me) Jeff would be here to visit. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of the most warm and caring people I’ve ever met and she was like that all the time. I think that she got as much joy out of Jeff and I spending time together as we did. I remember heading out to the dunes in the boat, or playing in the cottage, and it always felt like home because your parents were so welcoming and happy to have people around. In my mind I can still see her eyes light up with a big smile on her face every time she saw someone she knew. I didn’t realize how much we observed and remembered as kids, but Aunt Phyllis’s joyful face is one of the nicest memories I have from my youth. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and shared joy for the reunion to come.

  5. Dear Phyl,
    What we loved your wonderful charisma. The way you made people around you feel confident and comfortable together with that glimse in your eyes. And always with a word from the Lord very near.
    We will never ever forget the Christmas in 2002 when we had the privilege of having you, Bud and Johns family here at our swedish farm for a Christmas dinner. That was really a highlight and we often came back to that in our contacts later on. Your strong desire to keep in touch with all your friends also made you conquer the new digital technology which facilitated our contact. And your visit here also included a visit to our church where you gave a moving story about your and Buds life together with the Lord and what it could contain.
    We really had three marvellous years here in Sweden with your son John and his wonderful family and we are so grateful for getting to know them and that through them we got to know you and Bud.
    Miss you so much ❤️
    Ulla and Mats

  6. Marisa Dibilio

    I so enjoyed my visits with Phyl! They were the absolute best part of my day by far. She never lost that wonderful sparkle in her eye. She was definitely a bright light to many people’s day. I am so thankful I got be with her on her final journey, I wish I could have been in her presences longer. I will definitely never forget her smile, laugh, and stories! I am sure she is having a wonderful time up in heaven.

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