Phyllis Eleanor Asay

Phyllis Eleanor Asay

April 26, 1918 – December 28, 2018
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher and friend, Phyllis passed away peacefully the morning of Dec. 28th at the age of 100. Predeceased by husband John, in January of 2005, she was the only survivor of siblings: Ben, Sylvia, Ursula, Burton, and Gloria. Phyllis is survived by sons Douglas (Joy), Burton (Shirley Ann), George (Loris), grandchildren Doug Jr., Dayna, Kara, Todd, Burke, Bradley, Amanda; great-grandchidren, Carter, Carson, Cruz, Liam, Cameron, Ella, Jordan, Brenden, Cooper, Leah, Jace and Ty.

A service will be held at the Shuswap Community Church in Salmon Arm on Saturday January 12th at 2 pm.

Phyllis was born in Watrous Saskatchewan April 26th, 1918 to Bjoruf (Bert) and Emma (Ingeborg) Haaland. Spending her early years growing up in Watrous she frequented Lake Manitou where she got her first real job working for the Danceland orchestra leader Guy Walkins. She enrolled in Normal school (teacher training) in ’36-’37 and got her first teaching job at Jago School near Hawarden Sk. Boarding with the Asay’s she met future husband John. They were married June 30th, 1940. Son Douglas born March 6 1944 in Saskatoon. Son Burton born in Saskatoon Sept. 18th, 1945. The family moved to BC in 1953 where she taught school in Westbank. Son George born in Penticton on Feb.14th 1955. While in Penticton she was a home ec. teacher. After moving to Salmon Arm, she became a girls counsellor and continued her love of the theater by directing several high school plays. She retired in 1979 but came back for relief a couple of times. In retirement, John and Phyllis wintered in California (RVing) and travelled abroad including Australia, Hawaii, Norway, France, and England. It was during this time they were living at Eagle Bay where she helped startup the Eagle Bay Hamsters drama group.

Phyllis truly loved her time with staff and friends at Piccadilly Terrace and co-hosted their production of Saturday Night Live with her very good friend Shirley Pilcher.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the Shuswap Hospice Society of Salmon Arm in Phyllis’ name would be appreciated.

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