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Obituary for Phyllis Mae Canning (Mowat)

Phyllis Mae Canning (Mowat)

Nov. 24, 1931 – Jan. 13, 2024

Phyllis died peacefully at the age of 92 years on Saturday Jan. 13, 2024 at Extendicare Cedars Villa in Calgary.

She will be cremated and ultimately interred with Chuck and her ancestral family some time during the summer of 2024 at Christ Church Cemetery (previously known as Lower Ireland, Quebec), Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf, Chaudiere-Appalaches Region, Quebec, Canada.

Phyllis was the wife of Charles “Chuck” James Mowat (deceased) and the daughter of Robert Henry “Harry” Canning and Sadie Myrtle Canning (Little) (both deceased) and the sister of Laurel Buck (Canning) and John Buck (both deceased).

Phyllis is sorely missed by her two children, Jennifer L. Mowat and Christopher C. Mowat, her loving grandchildren - Alyshia Mowat-O’Brien, Aidan Wahlberg and her husband Patrick Leslie, Tremayne and Sevastjan Wahlberg. As well as her great grandchildren Terry and Saoirse, we include her nephews, Martin, Jack and Tom Buck and their extended families.

Besides being a devout mother and grandmother, Phyllis had a long career as a teacher. She taught children in Scarborough prior to moving to Madoc, ON. Once in Madoc, she spent two years working as a Librarian at the Madoc Township School. Most of her career was teaching grades 1 to 8 during which time she taught French, Language Arts, Graphic Arts and Canadian History. In her latter years, Phyllis taught predominantly grade 8’s in Tweed, ON at S.H. Connor Sr. Public School, where she very much enjoyed her students, many of whom became long-lasting friends. Two of her greatest gifts as a teacher were fairness and humour and always had an open-door policy.

Phyllis very much enjoyed her close friendship with her many colleagues and their families. Outside of her career, Phyllis loved her basenjis, donkeys, ducks and chickens and had a deep respect for all varieties of wildlife. Phyllis was always passionate about her Irish ancestry, Irish culture, music and language.

Jennifer and I both wish to thank all the staff at Extendicare Cedars Villa who cared for our mother for many years. Personally, I wish to thank my sister, Jennifer, for caring for and providing a safe and comfortable existence for our mother for so long. Mom and Dad would both be so proud of all she has done on their behalf.