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Phyllis Stewart

January 2, 1932December 4, 2020
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The family of Phyllis Beatrice Stewart, nearly life-long resident of New Tusket, Digby County, wish to announce her death, which took place at Tideview Terrace, Digby, NS, on Dec. 4, 2020, having been a resident of Tideview since April of 2019. She was born Jan. 2, 1932, a daughter of Sebry and Alicia (Mullen) McCullough. She was born in New Tusket, raised in Riverdale and lived all her married life in New Tusket.

She had survived two husbands, Walton Mullen and Donald Stewart. She is survived by sisters, Lennie Marshall, South Range, NS, Wynona Naugler, Ontario, Freta Trimper, Lawrencetown, NS, and brother, Vernon, Grafton, NS, as well as nieces and nephews in all three families too numerous to mention, as well as sisters-in-law in the McCullough family, Lennie (Weaver), Clara (Sabean). She is also survived by sister-in-law in the Mullen family, Stella of Easton, and in the Stewart family, Elizabeth of Oxford.

Phyllis was predeceased by her husbands, parents, three siblings at birth, step-mother, Edith (Cosman), brothers and spouses, Herbert (Helen), Ralph (Florence), Freeman in Italy, in WWII, Willis, Elton, Keith (Gloria), Gordon (Jocelyn), Basil; sisters and spouses, Mildred (Walter) Rice, Armina (Gilbert) Ingersoll, Ruby (Fred) Naugler, as well as brothers-in-law: Earle Marshall, Raymond Rice, Donald Trimper, Archie Naugler, Donald (Ruby) Mullen, Earl Mullen, Austin (Jean) Mullen, Douglas (Leone) Stewart, Hedley Stewart, Alton Stewart and sisters-in-law Annie Gordon, Elsie Baird, Grace Black.

Phyllis began teaching as a young woman as a “permissive teacher.” As a married woman, with the blessing of her husband, she went to “Normal” in 1960, and over the years took summer schools and blocks and improved her credentials and was thought of by her students as a strict and good teacher. She was always a traveller. She and Walton took many meaningful road trips, she travelled with siblings and nieces and nephews, and after widowed the first time, became a world traveller to places like Australia, the U.K., took several trips to Europe and a trip to Iceland, many of those trips with a wonderful friend met late in life, Gail Fudge, who has been a loyal and concerned friend. A life-long desire was realized in 2006, when she was able to visit the grave of her brother, Freeman, in Argenta, Italy.

Family and community were important to her. She began her church-life in Southville Church of Christ, and later became a member of New Tusket Baptist Church and was a supporter of both churches over the years, being very interested in the building of the new fellowship hall at New Tusket church. She was part of groups for women in both churches, a member of the Women’s Institute, supported the fire-halls, Meeting House Society and supported the community benefits as well as being an accomplished quilter, and an honest self-evaluator. She said of herself, “The only time I take my foot out of my mouth is to change feet.” The family has joked much about her being one of those out-spoken McCulloughs.

Although Phyllis had no children of her own, she was a cherished aunt down several generations, and loved having family use her “camp” in Riverdale, on a piece of long-held family land. Neither of her husbands were keen on going there to stay, but they together hosted many wonderful family dinners, social gatherings, rehearsal parties, even honeymoons, as well as simple gab-sessions, lake-viewing chats on the verandah looking out over “our lake.”

Rather than flowers, donations would be appreciated in Phyllis’ memory. Please donate if you wish to New Tusket Baptist Church, Lakeside Cemetery, Southville Church of Christ Cemetery, or the Alzheimers Society. Family visitation only will be Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2020 from Jayne’s Funeral Home, Weymouth North followed by burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Havelock . A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in the New Tusket United Baptist Church. Share a memory or leave an online condolence at


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Linda Morehouse

December 9, 2020

At Normal College, we were assigned alphabetical seating for our classes. Phyllis and I sat side by side everyday having Morehouse and Mullen as our last names,
We rented rooms in the same houses near Dal when we went to summer schools. I enjoyed driving her Volkswagen bug!
For our wedding gift, Phyllis gave us a beautiful quilt she had made.
It was my pleasure having Phyllis as a friend and she will be missed by all of us but especially by her many relatives. Rest in peace.

Rose Marie Logan (Marr)

December 8, 2020

What a beautiful Photo of Phyllis. She was always a classy lady.
She taught myself and my siblings (Rosalie, Wade and foster sister Judy Tanner) at the grade 4, 5 ,6 level which was probably at the start of her teaching career.
She taught in the New Tusket one room school house, grades primary through to grade six. What a feat! What a balancing act.
I 'll always remember her smile and chuckle.
Years later when I went home and attended church Phyllis always greeted me with a smile and a chat.
Rosalie and I have fond memories of her coming up to us at our brother Wade's funeral reception and having a little chat.
My condolences to her immediate family, church family and friends in New Tusket.
She will surely be missed,
Rose Marie Logan ( Marr )

Valerie MacDonald

December 8, 2020

Phyllis was one of my favourite teachers. She taught grades primary to six at the one room school house just down the hill from her house. I am so very grateful for the impact she made on my early life and I'm sure I am just one of many. My sympathies to all those missing her in their lives now.

Pat McCullough

December 8, 2020

A lifetime of memories in the short time of being part of your life.
Memories I will always cherish!
The hardest part is saying goodbye...

Susan O'Blenis

December 8, 2020

Condolences To Phyllis' Family
She Was A Wonderful Person. We Feel So Privileged To Have Known Her. She Was Such An Added Blessing To Our Church & Community. She Was Such A Fun & Humorous Person. We Remember Her With Such Fondness Whenever She Would Attend Our Ladies Auxiliary, Our Ladies Bible Study, And So Many Other Church Functions, Often Bringing A Plate Of Sweets or A Meal In Her Hands. Most Important Is That She Loved Jesus And Is Now Walking Hand In Hand With Him, Totally Healed & Whole. Love & Prayers - Pastor Tim & Susan O'Blenis / New Tusket Baptist Church

Shirley Myers

December 8, 2020

What a special aunt you were ! You always had a way of making everyone feel special and needed. I always admired all you went through to get your teachers permit and it made a big impact on me even as a teen growing up. My children all got to know you and I am sure if you had been around longer their children would have too ! Many pleasant memories of visits to your home as a child and your visits to mine later in life. Someday I know I shall see you again and that is a comfort to me. You will be missed !

Lois Cheal (Rice)

December 7, 2020

Growing up it was always the high point of the summer to spend a week at Aunt Phil’s cabin. Becoming reacquainted with extended family, playing board games, playing cards and swimming in the lake. Aunt Phil and her cabin was one of the best parts of my childhood - she will be missed.

Gaylene Sabine

December 7, 2020

Phyllis was my grade two and six teacher. She was also my hair dresser when I was young as my mother engaged her to give me many a hair perms. She was one of my moms best friends. She was a stable in our community and church for many years. She was so active in our community, it was so sad to see her leave it for a retirement home , regardless of the need for a more secure place to live. I was shocked when I heard the news of her passing . My sincere condolences to her family. May she Rest In Peace !

Vera Beals

December 7, 2020

Deepest sympathy to all the family.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

David & Gen Ingersoll

December 7, 2020

Aunt Phyllis was a one of a kind aunt ! She was interested in every member of her family ( and that included a lot of us ). She loved to hear about the accomplishments of each one and cared about each individual. We enjoyed being with her when we could and she always had a spot at her table if we dropped in by surprise. Aunt Phyllis accomplished a lot in her life and took pleasure in what she did and the places that she visited. We will miss you but your life made a lasting impression on our lives. We send our love & prayers to her siblings and those who were near to her over the last years of her life. David & Gen