Obituary of Phyllis Margaret O'Neill
Phyllis, a paragon of love of family and friends, a lively, friendly, determined, accomplished woman grounded thoroughly in reality and the moment, left us on January 17, 2024 after a short, unexpected struggle with the beast that is cancer. She died at home in the arms and love of her family.
Phyllis graduated from Immaculata High School, Teacher’s College, and Carleton University and embarked on a long successful career teaching for the Carleton Separate School Board. She taught to a high standard with an understanding of the needs of her individual students. She was often greeted by her former students years after graduation and she was never stumped for a name.
She happily supported her husband Gary, financially and with encouragement, when he left NRC to go to law school. Evidencing a strong partnership that was the hallmark of their 56 years of marriage.
Phyllis enjoyed many activities not the least of which were her love of golf, skiing, walking and boating. She was always excited to play board games, especially with her grandchildren who adored her and all the life advice she shared with them. Phyllis loved gatherings at the chalet, sharing meals, laughter and time on the dock with her family, friends and family dogs. Her Gracie was a constant canine companion during her last days never complaining or asking hard questions but lavishing hugs and kisses. Phyllis always enjoyed her time with her dear friends from her teaching days, especially if it involved a deck of cards. She was an avid bridge player with her friends in Kanata and Florida.
Those in her immediate and close family left to struggle to find a way to live life without her are: her grandchildren, Eleanor, Owen, Emmett, Mila and Adele; her children and spouses, Lori and Jan, Michael and Julie and Kevin and Jennifer; her niece Kendra and Erin; and her husband Gary who will forever miss her.
Phyllis’ sister and best friend Ann, her sister Lorraine and brother Richard predeceased her. Her brother Ron, his spouse Joan and her nephews Tom and Andrew survive her.
A Memorial Service celebrating Phyllis’ beautiful life will be held at St. Isidore Church, South March, on June 17, 2024 with burial of her ashes in St. Isidore cemetery followed by a reception in the church hall. All are welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers to The Ottawa Hospital or your favourite charity.