OUIMETTE, PHYLLIS JEANETTE

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.

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Leduc, AB T9E 6Y8

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Ebeline Zee-Hawtin

I am writing on behalf of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Women, a group within St. Matthew’s church in Thorsby. Phyllis was one of our pianists at church for many years. If she didn’t know a hymn, someone would sing it and then she would play it with much greater jubilation than the music in the hymn book indicated.
Our Women’s group sang every August at Extendicare in Leduc for the “Birthday Tea”; Phyllis loved playing the old tunes and the residents loved singing along.
No doubt Phyllis has now joined the heavenly chorus but the memory of music shared with us will remain in our hearts.

Joan Gregorich

Auntie Phyll, as she was known to my brothers and me, was my father’s youngest sister, the baby of the Allan family. We grew up mostly in Ottawa and the rest of the Allans lived mostly in the west, so we didn’t go back and forth and the cousins didn’t know each other very well. But I recall a few family trips to the west when the Allan siblings would get together and the fun began. The three Allan aunties that I knew – Mary, Muriel and Phyllis – were all jokers and laughter abounded at these family do’s. When my husband and I got married in 1980 in Regina, Phyll and Sonny came to the wedding and the Allans all gathered the night before at my parents’ place. Phyll and Sonny took out their instruments and the music and revelry began! None of us wanted the evening to end, but the wedding was at 10:00 the next morning so we had to get some sleep! I was the piano player in our family and followed the traditional route of 12 years of daily practice and Royal Conservatory exams, but I would have tossed all that if I could only have been able to play the piano by ear like Auntie Phyll could. She could really rock that thing (in rural Saskatchewan style!) – everyone’s toes would start tapping and then the dancing would start. What fun she was and what joy she brought to family gatherings. My dad had a real soft spot in his heart for his little sister and I hope they’re enjoying a lovely two-step together in heaven right now.

Janet Schwonik

I remember Phyllis from Mulhurst United Church. Our family would play music there, and enjoyed visiting with her and Sonny. Sonny was always talking about his Trumpet playing. ♥️♥️

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