PHYLLIS ARBUCKLE died peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital, Inkgston, Ontario, Canada, on May 1, 2008 at age 96.
Phyllis Heaslip was the wife wife of the late John Arbuckle. Predeceased by her parents Robert Heaslip and Rena (Griffin) Heaslip.
Mother of Donald (Gloria), Edwin (Pat) and Blane (Betty). Cherished grandmother of Alison (Blair) Canavan, Bruce (Shirley) Arbuckle, Caroline (Bob) Trudel, Donna (Paul) Arbuckle Beulens, Roger Arbuckle, and Jeffrey (Shari) Arbuckle. Dear great grandmother of Peter, Rhian, Haley, Taylor, Katelyn, Bobby, Lindsay, Madeleine, Damon, Bridget and Ashley. Survived by 1 sister Helen Lips (Warner). Predeceased by 2 sisters Ina Moore (Russell) and Dorothy Heaslip. Fondly remembered by niece Barb Nalon and by nephews Terry Lips and Bob Heaslip.
Funeral: TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME 63 Garden Street Gananoque, Ontario, Canada
PHYLLIS ARBUCKLE, 96 Phyllis Arbuckle died at Kingston General Hospital on May 1, 2008 - just two months and a bit shy of her 97th birthday. Not so long ago several of us talked about Phyllis living to 100 and beyond.
Phyllis was born near Lansdowne and one of four sisters - the others were Ina, Dorothy and Helen. Her father, Robert, passed away at an early age and her mother , Rena Heaslip, raised the four girls on her own. Eventually they all moved to Lansdowne where Phyllis met her husband Ronald who was working for Ontario Hydro at the time.
Phyllis and Ronald moved to Gananoque after some travels around Ontario and settled down at 173 Arthur Street where Phyllis lived until about four years ago. In 1960 Phyllis lost Ronald in a tragic accident so she was left by herself to raise her three boys, Donald, Edwin and Blane. She kept the home fires burning in every sense.
Her passion was her garden and her flowers. Her love was her family, her neighbors and her wide circle of friends in and around Gananoque. Her thrill was a good game of euchre or beating her boys at Chinese checkers. Even as she was losing strength recently in Kingston General Hospital, she wanted to get better so she could take two out of three games. That's grandma.
Phyllis spent the last four years of her life at Carveth but never had to move to the nursing side. She liked the window in her room and wouldn't give it up. It allowed her to watch everyone coming and going. When she couldn't remember everything, she kept a daily diary - Edwin coming down on the weekend, Betty and Blane having me to dinner, Don taking me for my checkup with Dr. Sorbey. Phyllis recorded it all.
A very special person - she will be missed dearly. Phyllis is survived by a loving and caring family of children, spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren. All deeply cared for her and came to see her as often as they could - to talk to her, to play checkers with her, to bring her something she needed, to do her laundry or take her for a drive. It didn't much matter, grandma was the greatest.