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Edith Alison Phillips

Edith Alison  Phillips

Passed on: December 11th, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, Edith Alison Phillips, December 11, 2017 at the Glace Bay General Hospital. Edie was born May 21, 1928, in Homeville, to William Allison Ferguson and Edith Hortense (Spencer) Ferguson.
She is survived by her loving husband, William Joseph (Bill) Phillips, and sons, Donald (Marie) and Spencer (Sue) Phillips; brothers, John, (Mae), Donald (Effie) and Spencer (Carol) Ferguson; her dearly loved grandchildren, Kenzie (Lesley), Leah, (Matt) and Connor (Kaitlin) Phillips will miss her always, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbours and not least of all, her pussy cat, Stocker.
Edie was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church and in her younger years was a Sunday school teacher and CGIT leader. She was the President of the Women’s Institute of Nova Scotia, the Regional Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Red Cross, and was involved with the Port Morien Come Home Week and Glace Bay General Hospital Auxiliary.
Edie was an amazingly talented rug-hooker and taught rug-hooking at the Cape Breton School of Crafts before she opened her own Country Lane Studio in Homeville. It was there that she mentored several generations of students, and neighbours who looked forward to Wednesday afternoons, just to be in her company, with her knowledge, advice, good cup of tea, biscuits and jam. The incredible thing about Edie was that even though she didn’t venture far from her kitchen in later life, the entire world and their dogs came to her. There was always baking in the oven, something simmering on the stove, a half finished crossword puzzle on the table and a phone forever ringing, as relatives and neighbours checked in from across the globe.
She was surrounded by cat calendars, and loved to cut out articles and poems, which she would recite, if she thought you needed to hear it. She wore a uniform of flannel plaid shirts, with blue jeans, and Kleenex always shoved up her sleeve. Her shiny page-boy hair never changed and her eyes sparkled when she’d see you coming. To visit Edie, was like coming home. A constant and loving presence in all our lives. She’ll be forever missed by those of us lucky enough to have known her.
Special thanks to the Palliative care and VON workers for all their help and support at home, plus Doctor Cadegan and the staff of the Glace Bay General Hospital Third Floor South.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Black Brook Cemetery or the Feral and Abandoned Cat Society of Cape Breton. http://www.faacs.ca/contactus/
Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Patten Funeral Home and all are invited to attend a committal service at Black Brook Cemetery on Friday, December 15 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Bob Biggar officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to family at www.pattenfuneral.com.


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