It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and friend Phyllis Genik on June 21, 2018 at the age of 77 years.
Phyllis was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on May 2, 1941 to Joseph and Mary Switzer. She took her schooling in Dauphin and remained here all of her years to follow. Dauphin was indeed her home and where she always felt she belonged.
Phyllis was always a hard worker and she took great pride in all her work and acts of service. She spent many years in the clothing store Stop 1, both managing the store and most of all loving the relationships with the people she met and served.
Phyllis followed up her many years in Stop 1, with her work at the Jasmine Company. She worked there happily until she was 64 years old. Her favorite part of work was great conversations, the help she could provide, and the care she had for everyone always.
Phyllis lived a simple life and she never focused on material things, but rather people and caring for them. No matter what she had she was always willing to share with others seeing their need always above her own. She had a deep belief in kindness and love, and in the center of all of it was her dear Lord Jesus.
Phyllis had considerable health challenges throughout her life, but she never let those burdens determine what she could do or how she should contribute. People always marveled at how she never had a complaint about her life challenges, and what filled her heart was a spirit of gratitude and blessing. Even when things grew very difficult she still focused on others, and felt much love and compassion for the challenges they faced. She was always requesting prayers for others.
Phyllis was a simple example of the power of love and faith. She used her actions and relentless spirit of kindness to turn a simple moment into a great place of love, connection, compassion and forgiveness.
She was so grateful for the kindness and efforts of her homecare staff who made everyday life a little easier, and brought their amazing hearts to brighten her path. The hospital staff and her doctor were greatly appreciated in their dedication and kindness.
Phyllis was an amazing role model a loving mother, and an exceptional grandmother. She was always grateful and especially happy to spend time with her granddaughter in all kinds of activities. They spoke daily on the phone, exchanged texts and pictures with one another, and spent countless hours just sitting next to each other talking, imagining, laughing and loving.
Phyllis will be sadly missed by her husband John Genik, her son Patrick, daughter Lisa and son-in-law Greg, and granddaughter Ashley. She will be sadly missed by all those she befriended and cared for over her years in Dauphin.
Phyllis was blessed with an amazing friendship and honorary sister Charal Pretula. Their many spontaneous adventures, UCW volunteering, and church attendance brought so much joy to her life. We are so honored to have Charal in our family all these years and always.
Phyllis had a great love of God and her church family meant so very much to her. In her last years her simple acts of service brought her great joy and purpose.
In mind a constant thought, and in heart a deep felt sorrow. Heaven has received what this world has lost. May she be there healed from pain, and new in the light and love of God.
A Celebration of Life was held for Phyllis on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11:00 am from the Dauphin First United Church in Dauphin with Ilene Dowd officiating.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to Dauphin First United Church.