PERCY, Major Phyllis Irene

Phyllis was born on March 21, 1938, at St. John’s, Newfoundland. At an early age she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour. Her teen-age years were spent attending and taking part in The Salvation Army activities at the St. John’s Temple Corps.

In 1956 Phyllis entered the College for Officer Training as a cadet in the ‘Faithful Session’ and was commissioned as an officer in 1957. She was appointed to the Philip’s Head Corps. Subsequent appointments took her to Seal Cove, White Bay and from there to Glenwood.

On July 16, 1959, she married Lieutenant Edward S.G. (Ted) Percy and together they were blessed with two children, Kenneth Maxwell Percy and Donna Verlyn Bent. She served with her husband in Corps appointments for thirty-one years. Corps appointments included Stephenville, Moreton’s Harbour, Englee, LaScie, Clarenville, Grand Falls, Grand Bank and St. John’s Citadel. From the Newfoundland province she moved with her husband across the mainland, where they served the Cambridge Citadel, St. Catherine’s Citadel, Edmonton Temple, and Victoria Citadel.

In 1988 a change of appointment led to nine years at Divisional Headquarters in Corner Brook, Newfoundland West & Labrador Division and at Edmonton, Alberta & Northwest Territories Division.

In 1997, Phyllis with her husband was appointed to the personnel department as pastoral care officers with responsibility for the five western divisions.

Accredited through the Association for Couples in: Marriage Enrichment (ACME), she, with her husband conducted meetings, weekend retreats, camps and marriage enrichment seminars across Canada, Bermuda, England, and the United States. Phyllis was an ardent motorcyclist. As a member of C.M.A. (Christian: Motorcyclist Association – Northern Lights Chapter) she regularly rode with her husband on ministry road trips with a purpose of introducing other bikers to Christ.

Phyllis retired from active Salvation Army Officership with her husband on: March
1, 2002 having completed forty-four- and one-half years in ministry.

Well done good and Faithful Servant!

Phyllis is lovingly remembered by her family, her husband Edward (Ted) Percy (Major); son Ken (Donette) Percy (Major), daughter Donna (Stuart) Bent; brother Calvin (Marie) Tucker; and nephew Craig (Patricia) Tucker. Cherished Nan to Matt (Jen) Percy, Candace (Jeremy) Ridgewell, Chaylene Peterson, Joshua (Arielle) Bent, Emily (Kyle) Harris, and Lauren Bent (Luna). Proud Great Nan to Isobel and Samantha Percy, Hannah Ridgewell, Jax and Eli Peterson, Belladonna and AJ Bent, Evelyn and Gideon Harris.

Predeceased by mother Elsie Tucker and father Samuel Tucker.

A Celebration of Phyllis’ Life will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at the Salvation Army Edmonton Temple, 9115 75 Street NW, Edmonton, AB at 3:00 pm. For those who would like to join in virtual attendance, you may view the service at the following link:

Serenity Funeral Service – South
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John Leonard

Fond memories interacting with Phyllis and her husband while attending Edmonton Temple. Always with a bright smile an upbeat demeanor and an interest in telling a story or anecdote or listening to how your week went. Thoughts and prayers for the family of Phyllis. Well done!

Joanne Blackmore

Our hearts are full when we think of the gracious tender spirits you were when we all were in Cambridge and I faced the two untimely death of my daughter Tracy and Cindyvanf a month later my Dad. V what wonderful pastors and leaders you were to use and it lead to many years is friendship over the years sometimes living nearby and others a greater distance. You were and I know without a doubt you still are truly examples of what it is to be Christlike and it showed in every word and action that I saw. Another blessing was to see the beautiful marriage relationship you shared with each other. It was so evident in your everyday conversation and how kindness with lots of love was very dominant. I was so blessing when we were in your company. Phylis was a great tease ; we had lots of laughs when we and other friends got together It was a pleasure to be able to take times together and it blessed my heart because of the wonderful commitment you made to each other all those years. I am so assured Phylis has found her spot around the Lord and she, with her healed mind is ready to work and sing for her Lord and anything else the Lord gives to her. Be free from this world Phyllis and enjoy being on the presence of our mighty loving Saviour! Love. Joanne and Leonard

Alf & Ethel Richardson

Deepest condolences Ted & family! Very happy memories of our days as soldiers (DYS’s) in Edmonton . Phylis exemplified Christian values & commitment! Always a bright happy smile! Phylis served as surrogate mother to our children on the many weekends we were on the road – even to accepting
an invite to sit down to a Sunday dinner prepared by our kids when we were away! Now she’s sitting at the banquet table in Heaven! Continued thoughts & prayers!

Jim Tenhove

Major’s Ted and Pylllis were our first corps officers at Victoria Citadel and were great leaders enrolling both of us as soldiers in the Salvation Army. Phyllis introduced us to the Christmas Mystery gift an we as a family have continued this the past 37 years. Always with a warm smile and the beat person to be with at ladies camp. She will be missed but is now safe in the arms of Jesus. Well done faithful soldier.

Robert & Cassie Kean

To: Major Ted & family
Sending you our love and condolences at this difficult time. We thank the Lord for Major Phyllis’ life and her love for her Lord and Saviour. Please be assured we have been praying for you. May the sustaining grace of our Lord carry you through these trying days. Praise the Lord for the hope we have in Jesus.
God bless you all
Majors Bob & Cassie Kean
New Wes Valley

Roger and Anna (Branch) Wager

Dear Ted and Family, it is with mixed emotions we learnt of Phyllis’ Promotion to Glory. She will leave a huge hole in your family as well as that of the many that loved her. We so enjoyed all our visits with you as well as the times we went on rides together You were our Christian example in so many ways. God be with you and cover you with His peace and comfort.

Majors Donna and Barry Anstey

From my earliest memories, the Percys were a part of my (Donna) life. At age 5 they were my Corps Officers and in later years, colleagues in ministry. We enjoyed rich fellowship during their tenure on DHQ at Corner Brook and they were dearly loved and respected by us. Her love of fun and practical jokes always shone through. We look forward to seeing Major Phyllis again in Heaven. To the family… Please accept our deepest condolences, love and prayers

William&Marcella Hopkins. Majors

Our deepest Condolences .
We have many memories of you both.

May you fine Comfort that she is now at Rest.
God Bless you all.
Marcella & William. Hopkins

Fred Ash

Shirley and I send you our deepest love and sincere prayers during this time of sadness. I was only a boy of 10 when Ted and Phyllis were stationed in Stephenville and they enrolled me as a junior soldier. A decade later they backed Shirley for training at Grand Falls. And a few years later they conducted our marriage ceremony. How privileged we are to have had them in our lives. God bless and comfort all the family..

Harold & Joan Nicholl

To the Percy and Tucker family,
Losing someone we love is nothing easy, but knowing that we have been able to be a part of Phyllis’ life, we can realize that we have been blessed to have been able to share in her life.
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May God walk beside you and provide light and comfort in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Memory Eternal!
Joan & Harold Nicholl

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