It is with such sadness that we announce the gentle passing of Phyllis Jeanette Ouimette, on November 28, 2022, at the age of 92, as she was released from the prison that Alzheimer’s had become.
Phyllis was born in Allan Saskatchewan to Norman and Jean Allan and was the youngest of 8 children. Phyllis’s mom predeceased her before she reached her 2nd birthday, and she was raised by her Dad and her Gramma. She attended high school in Aberdeen, SK and worked at the CIBC in Aberdeen following graduation. Her first marriage, of 25 years, was to Maurice Weir. They farmed for several years just outside Aberdeen until the farm was sold and she went back to CIBC. They moved to Taber, AB in 1964, Wetaskiwin, AB in 1966, where she continued working in the bank. After the passing of Maurice, Phyllis remarried to Benjamin “Sonny” Ouimette, and moved to Mulhurst, AB in 1977 and finally Leduc, AB in 2007. Phyllis and Sonny had 42 years together. They both worked hard to keep their homes and yards immaculate. Several winters were spent in Arizona, which gave them so much delight.
Phyllis’s gift to the world was the gift of music. She didn’t read a note of music but could play almost anything simply by listening to it a few times! Such a talent that she shared with so many, at dances, festive gatherings and in the later years, at seniors’ facilities for the “old people”, never mind she was in her late 70’s and into her 80’s!!.
Phyllis worked hard all her life and was kind, generous and compassionate, especially with the elderly. She always had home made baking in her freezer for her own sweet tooth and should anyone happen to stop by for a visit. She loved to garden and took great glee in starting tomato plants to share! She believed in donating to causes of her choice and did so to several regularly.
The family is grateful for the insight and guidance that the Alzheimer’s Society provided from very early in her journey, as the understanding of the process made a challenging disease easier to deal with. The family is also so very grateful for the three years of kindness and caring that Phyllis received at Lifestyle Options in Leduc, and in her last month, there is such appreciation for all the various health care providers at both the Leduc Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter Wendi Weir (Steve Stamhuis), son Sandy Weir, stepdaughter Kim Mantai (Perry), stepdaughter Sue Gosse (Mike). 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Phyllis was predeceased by both husbands (1976 and 2019), as well as all her siblings.
No flowers please. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice in her honor or to the Alzheimer’s Society in her memory.
The Celebration of Life will be held at Serenity Funeral Service (4702 -51 Ave) in Leduc, at 1:00pm Saturday, January 14th, with the option to link in remotely using the following link: https://www.mattfosseyent.ca/phyllis-ouimette/. Reception to follow the Celebration of Life.