Peacefully, and surrounded by family, Phyllis went safely into the arms of Jesus on February 17th, 2016 at the age of 74, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. She was predeceased by her parents, Stan and Jean Clausen; and brother and sister-in-law, Laurie and Carol Clausen.
Missing her deeply are her loving and cherished husband Stan; brother, Ken (Ann) Clausen; sister-in-law, Carroll (Ted) Magnus; brothers-in-law, Dennis (Alexis) Smith and Hugh (Marion) Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Duncan, B.C. on January 30th, 1942, Phyllis grew up in Victoria, Ladysmith, Keremeos, Penticton, Vancouver and Richmond. After graduating from High School, she obtained a Business Diploma from Duffus School of Business in Vancouver, B.C.
Phyllis and Stan married in 1961 and began their married life in Williams Lake, B.C., where she worked with the R.C.M.P. for eleven years prior to their move to Vernon, B.C. After several years of working with her horses and gardens on their property on Swan Lake, which she dearly loved, she held positions with Vernon Alliance Church and Enderby/Armstrong Hospitals until her retirement in 1998.
Phyllis’ life was characterized by love. She was an encourager and invested her life in people. She could make an ordinary day special just by her love, joy and enthusiasm for life. She was a gracious hostess and enjoyed sharing her home and beautifully landscaped property with family and friends.
Heartfelt appreciation goes to Dr. Jeanette Henley and the many health care workers who attended to her needs for the past four years. Special thanks to Hearthstone Manor, the Doctors and staff on the 6th Floor of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and the gracious and caring staff at Hospice House.
A private Graveside Service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery will precede a Celebration of Phyllis’ Life which will be held at Vernon Alliance Church, 2601-43rd Avenue, on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Phyllis to Food for the Hungry Canada (www.fhcanada.org)
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187