It is with great sadness that we announce Lois’s passing June 12, 2012. After a brief illness and while surrounded by family she passed away peacefully at the Shuswap General Hospital. She was 96.
Lois was born on June 17, 1915 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. After completing high-school in 1934 Lois travelled to Victoria, B.C. and graduated from the Royal Jubilee School of Nursing in 1939. A dedicated nurse, Lois worked at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster until becoming matron of the Queen Elizsabeth Hall (CNIB) in Vancouver.
Upon retirement Lois settled in the Kerrisdale area of Vancouver where she became a long-time member of the Knox United Church. Helping, baking, and organizing for the church was a comfort and joy to her. She was also very fond of the Kerrisdale Seniors Center. Lois moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. in September, 2011.
Predeceased by parents Jessie and Bill Patterson, husband Alfred J. Phillips, sister Vivian Poulton, brothers Foster and Bill Patterson, and beloved daughter Joan (Gordon) Dettelbach. Left to grieve, but also treasure memories are son Bill, son-in-law Gordon Dettelbach, grandchildren Kevan (Narcena) Dettelbach, Krista (Troy) McLean, Jodie Wentworth, Jessica Phillips and Jennifer Phillips, and great-grandchildren Draven Wentworth and Kieran McLean.
Thank-you very much to Dr. Lorenz, the staff at the Shuswap Retirement Lodge and the nurses and staff at the Shuswap General Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness.
A memorial service will be held July 25th at 1:00pm at Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6N 1L1. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Knox United Church or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Condolences can be sent c/o Bill Phillips, 205 – 2233 Bowker Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 2E3 or through Lois’ obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com