It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, we announce that our beautiful Mother, Grannie, Sister and Aunt, Phyllis Philomene Jones died peacefully on April 29th, 2013 in her 97th year. Predeceased by her loving husband, Wesley (2004); sons, Douglas (1999), Brian (1990) and son-in-law, Richard (2006) as well as her sisters, Marguerite Gurton, Dorothy Gunn, Kathleen Garbutt and her brother, Ian Primeau. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Chappell; son, Wayne (Eleanor) Jones; grandchildren, Karolyn, Pamela (Pascal), Corinne (Steve), Stephen, Casey and Tanya; great-grandchildren, Katie, Wesley and Tyson; brother, Dick (Rusty) Primeau and her dear sister-in-law, Glenys (Jones) Towers as well as many nieces and nephews. Mom/Grannie was born August 13th, 1916 in Tuxford, Saskatchewan to Aurele and Dorothy Primeau and spent her early years in Saskatchewan growing up on a farm and riding her horse bareback to school. It was during the depression, on October 20, 1932 at the age of 16, when she moved with her family to North Saanich, BC. A beautiful teenager in a new town, it didn’t take long to make friends and catch the eye of the boys. When watching a ball game one day, she asked “Who’s that boy?” and was soon introduced to her future husband. Phyllis married Wesley Jones on November 14th 1940 and they spent 63 happy years together, raising a family of four and where Mom was very active in the running of their company WA Jones and Sons Trucking. She never had anything less than a smile on her face, if not outright laughing, or a momentary frown played for comedy. Phyllis lived in North Saanich for over 80 years where she was involved in her community, serving on the PTA and the Heritage committee. Since 1932, she has been an active member of the Saanich Peninsula Parish and spent over 54 years on the Catholic Women’s League (CWL). Phyllis had a true gift and eloquence with words and was often writing poems and stories for family occasions. Although most people would slow down as they headed into their nineties not Mom; she spent 10 years in a labour of love producing a book to commemorate the first 100 years of St Elizabeth’s Church. What a joy it was to her to have the book published the week before her 90th birthday. Mom had a love of music and was often found singing away, right up to her last days when the nurses would join her in singing. She had an undying faith and was caring and compassionate by nature. She left a lasting legacy for her family. Although our dear energizer bunny has run out of batteries and the world’s a poorer place without her, the heavens are now one lovely star richer.
A Funeral Service was held at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sidney on Monday, May 6, 2013 with burial at Royal Oak Burial Park. As mom loved to be surrounded by colour and flowers, they will be gratefully accepted. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.