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Date de décès : 16 juin 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce that Phyllis Norma Brown passed away peacefully on June 16, 2013 in Calgary AB with her family at her side. She was 87 years of age. Phyllis was born on April 2, 1926 in Swift Current, SK, the daughter of William and Mary Ann Carmichael. She married Earl Brown on July 10, 1948 in Regina, SK and he preceded her in death on November 21, 1997. Her early life had a tenuous start as she was born several weeks premature and was kept warm on the open door of a wood oven and tended to by her mother until out of danger. As the youngest of seven children and raised during the depression in Regina, life had its trials. Phyllis always spoke fondly of the many family adventures that day to day life presented. She would always recount stories from her childhood and we would laugh, but inside we would sometimes wonder how Phyllis and her siblings ever got through those difficult times. The years after the war were some of the happiest as both her brothers who served overseas returned home safe and sound and the family was reunited. As soon as she was allowed, Phyllis hit the dance halls chaperoned by her brothers, Arnold and Jack. Oh, how she loved to dance. Her nephew Gordon always wondered what all the hub-bub was about that Judy Garland person after seeing his Auntie twirl around the living room. Soon she would meet her husband to be, Earl Brown. He worked for Marshal Wells Hardware and soon took a promotion to Radville, a small town in the south of SK where they stayed for ten years. During that time, they made many dear, dear friends who have remained as such to this day. It was there they bore and raised their first son, Gerald. The family then moved to Moose Jaw, SK, the place Phyllis would forever love and always call home. Shortly after arriving, their second son, Gregory was born. Her early time in Moose Jaw was wonderful as she was a stay-at-home Mom for several years. Once again Phyllis and Earl cultivated many more good friends as well as keeping in touch with the many friends from Radville. After her youngest son was in school, Phyllis joined the work force in many different roles for the Moose Jaw Clinic, Steen and Wright and Heasmans. Phyllis was always active socially and played bridge competitively. In her retirement years she loved to lawn bowl, golf and travel. In 2005 she moved to Calgary to be closer to family and spent eight years there where her nephews, Gordon (Marina) Gathercole, and Wayne (Irene) Carmichael and their families always gave her joy and made her feel so welcome. Phyllis will be dearly remembered by her two sons, Greg (Vanessa) Brown of Calgary and Gerald (Wanda) Brown of Kerrobert; three grandchildren, Jason (Kelly) Russill of Regina, Melanie (Barrett) Neilson of Medicine Hat and Rebecca Brown also of Medicine Hat; and one great-grandchild, Kruz Russill; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom were so dear to her heart. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her daughter Sandra; grandson Andrew Gerald; her sisters, Florence Gathercole, Dorothy Chapman and Gladys Erwin; and her brothers, Arnold, Gavin and Jack Carmichael. She will be deeply missed and will always be remembered for her kindness, love and a sense of humour that was felt by everyone she knew. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Whitehorn Village who did so very much, and always with such kindness, to make Phyllis’s time there as wonderful as it could be. A Family Memorial and Graveside Service will be held at Riverside Memorial Park, 815 Assiniboine Avenue East, Regina, SK on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit


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