The family of Phyllis Faye DeBoice must announce her passing on July 22, 2016. Mom was born in Edmonton, Alberta on September 23, 1937 to John and Anna Kornberger. She leaves behind many, many friends and her four loving children and their families: son Brian (Brenda) and their son Bradley; son Richard (Janet Yaremchuk), daughter Deborah Rowland (Kevin Heffernan) and her son Cy Rowland; daughter Cheryl (Dale Browett) and her son Joe Davis; Ted Rowland and Rob Davis. She is also survived by her brother Don (Anne) and their family. She was “Nana” to Kristie, Shane, Cherie and many more young people over the years. Her greatest, most treasured accomplishment was seeing that her family grew up big and strong.
Immediately after moving the family to Vernon from Alberta in 1968, Mom began her legacy as a community supporter and leader. You may
have crossed paths with her as a volunteer at Vernon Racing Days, Boys Scouts, the Vernon Girls Trumpet Band, and Vernon Winter Carnival
or perhaps on her run for Vernon City Council.
As a pioneer of recycling in Vernon and the Okanagan in the 70’s and 80’s, she built the foundation of the recycling movement. After retiring from Swan Lake Nurseryland she moved to Kamloops to be closer to her daughters and continued her volunteer work at the Hospice thrift store there.
The care given to mom by her girls was with exemplary love. Furthermore, Brian, Richard, Deb and their families want to express our profound gratitude to Cheryl and Dale for their excellent caregiving right to the end. Mom did not a want a service, only to be cremated. Cremation was in the care of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation, Kamloops. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a donation to their local Hospice.