OBITUARY

Phyllis Ivy Linklater

7 July , 19372 February , 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Phyllis Linklater announces her passing on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the age of 81, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert (Bob) Linklater, in 2013. Bob and Phyllis met each other while they were both working for New Method Laundry in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Phyllis was a bookkeeper for the company and Bob drove one of the delivery trucks. They were married on July 12, 1958. Phyllis is survived by her four sisters, Marjorie Curtis of Copperopolis, California, Joyce (Millan) Raycevich of Red Rock, Ontario, Kathleen (William) TenHave of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Mary (Gary) Case of Dryden. Phyllis is survived by her two children, Jean (Allistair McRae) McNamee of Balmertown, Ontario, and Jim (Linda) Linklater, of Kamloops, BC; her grandchildren, Ian (Jamie Hamilton) McNamee and Britney (Jayson Botel) McNamee, both in Red Lake, Ontario, Derek (Miranda) Linklater, Caitlin, Brendan and Jaidan Linklater of Kamloops, BC. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Braidy and Jerzey Botel, Nicholas and Jeremy McNamee, and Kesler Linklater, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Phyllis was also predeceased by parents, Kenneth and Phyllis Evelyn (Dodgson) Nichol, by her sister-in-law, Florida (Pat) Linklater Green, by her brothers-in-law, James (Bud) Linklater, William Mogg and Orville Curtis, by her son-in-law, John McNamee, and by two of her nephews, Ken and Glen Mogg. Phyllis spent her young life in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She moved with her husband and children to Beardmore, Ontario, where Bob worked at a gold mine for a year. They then moved to Red Lake, Ontario where Bob began work for another gold mine (Dickenson Mine in Balmertown), and then moved to the neighbouring town of Balmertown. Phyllis was able to stay home with her children until she began work as a bookkeeper at the municipal office of the Improvement District of Balmertown in 1973. Through those years, she got involved with the local 5-pin bowling league, looking after the league data and became a Brown Owl for the local Girl Guide group. In 1981, Bob and Phyllis decided to move west to Ashcroft, BC… the mountains and warmer weather were calling them. There, they lived happily, until Bob’s passing. Phyllis then moved to Kamloops, BC. Phyllis loved animals, and rarely was her home without a pet or two. She loved crafting. There wasn’t a creative project she wouldn’t try. Knitting, crochet, tatting, sewing, rug hooking… the house always showed signs of something in progress. She loved painting and the walls of her home were filled with her paintings. She loved her plants and garden, as well, and after Jean moved out, the vacant bedroom became a jungle. She loved spending time with her friends, playing card games, radio bingo and board games until all hours of the night. When Phyllis lived in Balmertown, she was known to jump on her bicycle and peddle to a nearby lake to fish. If there was a boat available, even better. But fishing from shore was just fine. And picking wild blueberries…or any berries! Making jam, pies, baked goods. Learning to make perogies and cabbage rolls… the kitchen was a busy place and there was always something yummy to eat. When she moved to Ashcroft, she became very involved with the Ashcroft Art Club and spent many years volunteering for the club, looking after the club’s finances and helping with the art shows every year. Phyllis was thrilled to have a huge backyard where she could tend to her garden and fruit trees. For a few years, Phyllis also owned and operated a small business called The Sagebrush Gallery, at the Ashcroft Manor, where she sold hers and others’ artwork to tourists from all over the world. Phyllis liked to stay active and spent many hours walking the trails in the “dunes”, a short distance from her house in Ashcroft. Phyllis was an avid hockey fan. While in Ontario, she would cheer for the Montreal Canadiens, but once she moved to British Columbia, she switched her allegiance to the Vancouver Canucks. She kept a notebook by her chair, so she could keep track of all the players’ statistics. She also spent many weekends through the winter traveling to her grandson, Derek’s, hockey games. Back home in Balmertown, she had also spent many hours at the arena watching her son, Jim, play. Hockey was in her blood! Phyllis definitely lived a full life, yet a simple life. Life was hard at times, as it can be for many, but she always managed to hold her head up and push through. Parkinson’s Disease eventually took its toll and she was no longer able to do most of the things she loved to do. It didn’t stop her from trying, though! Phyllis was loved and she will be missed by so many. She is now with her soulmate, once again. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day… unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Cremation has taken place and a private gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to donate, please consider a donation to Parkinson Canada or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or a charity of your chosing.

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Phyllis Ivy Linklater

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Christine Vescio (Ten Have)

7 February 2019

Whether it was summer vacation or a wedding, our family always enjoyed spending time with Aunty Phyllis, Uncle Bob, Jean and Jim. There was always lots of laughs and usually some type of mischief happening. Those were great times. Aunty Phyllis you have now joined the love of your life, Uncle Bob. Rest In Peace. Love you lots.

Colleen Allard

7 February 2019

I still have the book mark she painted and gave to me years ago. Mom and dad had her paintings hanging in the house. She gave so freely of them. She had such a kind giving heart. I loved spending time with her.

Jean McNamee

7 February 2019

Donna Lemieux

7 February 2019

Auntie Phyl & Uncle Bob either just prior or just after their wedding in 1958. Together once again...

Jean McNamee

7 February 2019

Four Generations: Phyllis Linklater, Daughter Jean McNamee, Granddaughters, Britney McNamee & Caitlin Linklater, Great-Granddaughter, Jerzey Botel. Ashcroft, BC July 2010

Jean McNamee

7 February 2019

A visit with my parents & my brother’s family in July, 2011, in Kamloops, BC

Jean McNamee

7 February 2019

My last visit with my mom. Kamloops, BC. July 25, 2018

Debbie Mogg

7 February 2019

I remember the first (and only) time I met Phyllis. We had come up from CA (Ken, Marjorie, me and the kids) for Jim and Linda's wedding. We were fortunate enough to be able to squeeze in at the house with all the family. I remember feeling at home and the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen due to the homemade cabbage rolls and pierogies. That was my first time having pierogies, definitely not my last. Phyllis was warm and welcoming and even sent 2 of her beautiful paintings home with us. You could see how much she loved being surrounded by her family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY