1923 – 2013
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Phyllis Henthorne on Wednesday, June 5 at Mountain Lake Senior’s Community.
Phyllis was born in Calgary on September 15, 1923. When she left school she trained in Commerce and worked for the Royal Bank as a teller. She met Bill Henthorne in 1941 and they were married on the 2nd of September, 1942. They remained devoted to each other all their lives. Bill was posted back to England and Phyllis followed, crossing the U-Boat infested Atlantic Ocean in an old, slow, coal-burning steamer which broke down mid-ocean. Left behind by its convoy and escorts, it drifted vulnerably until it was repaired and able to complete the crossing on its own.
She worked for the Royal Bank of Canada in London and after the war returned to Canada. Later, she was re-united with Bill who was still in the Royal Air Force, serving in Germany where their first child, Roger, was born.
In 1952 the family was back in Canada where two more children, Colin and Tim, were born.
Here, Phyllis returned to work with the Royal Bank and then enrolled at Notre Dame University in Nelson where she graduated at the age of 50. She taught school in Nelson and Castlegar until her retirement.
She had a great love for travelling, gardening, cooking and entertaining and was at her happiest when surrounded by the people she loved.
Phyllis leaves behind her children, Roger, Colin, and Timothy, daughters-in-law Marg, Lorna, and Jean, and grandchildren Erin, Ben, Katie, Aleta, and Elsa.
A memorial service for Phyllis was held on Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 1:00pm at St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral in Nelson, British Columbia with Pastor Nolan Gingrich presiding.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.