Phyllis Lillian Mailman
Phyllis Lillian Mailman (MacAuley) of Ste. Rose du Lac, MB passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the Dr. Gendreau Home at the age of 93 years.
Phyllis was born to Dugald Montgomery and Lilja MacAuley (nee Thorsteinson) in Winnipegosis, MB on February 21, 1928.
In 1947, Phyllis moved to Bay End to teach at Asham Point School. It was here that she met her future husband Ben Mailman. They were married May 12, 1948 and purchased a ranch in Mooredale, MB residing there until she retired from the ranch and moved to an acreage outside of Ste. Rose.
Phyllis spoke often and highly of her loving parents and childhood in Winnipegosis, painting a picture of a full life of skating, friends, church, cinema and many other escapades.
Relocating to a ranch in a rather isolated location may have been a bit of a culture shock. But Phyllis took on the life raising 5 children, working on the ranch and all that goes with that lifestyle. Phyllis returned to teaching for a period of time working at Cayer School.
Phyllis was an avid reader with an interest in a broad range of topics. She was open minded, interested in and accepting of different people, places and views. Phyllis was also opinionated and loved nothing more than a good debate. She was informed and kept up with current events so those entering a debate with her had best be on their toes. Phyllis had a great sense of humour, a ready laugh and a mischievous wit. Mom was a beauty and always wore lip stick and her trademark beads (this is one thing she never forgot).
When Phyllis had the opportunity, she enjoyed curling, senior's baseball and singing. She had a creative streak be it trying new recipes, re purposing items and decoration with paint and wallpaper! Some favorite past times shared with family was competing to find the best treasures at garage sales, meaningful conversations and she was a bit of a card shark...low ball anyone??
Mom had a huge and forgiving heart. She loved and put her family first. She was a character not always filtering her words-but they always came from a place of love and concern. She never lost the sparkle in her eyes or big smile, she will be missed.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Ben Mailman and her brothers Hugh and Lorne MacAuley.
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish many fond memories; her children Karen Maguet (Dennis), Colin Mailman (Carla), Marla Mailman, Janice Gannon (Harry) and Rodney Mailman, her beloved grandchildren Sean (Leigh), Sheldon (Jessica), Brandy (Sean), Crystal (Jérémie), Dorn (Laci), Kendall (Jesse) and Bryce (Michaela) and her great grandchildren Isabella, Rhiana, Malcolm, Chase, Elie, Helgi, Ben, Bodie, Berlyn, Jules and Emily and numerous extended family members and friends.
A graveside service will be held once public health restrictions allow, further details will be announced.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of the Dr. Gendreau Home for the care they provided over the past few years.
The following is a verse Mom wished to be read: "As I trudge through the fields of my many years, and separate chaff from the grain. I thank the good Lord, I can say in my heart that I'd do it all over again".
Should friends so desire, please consider making a donation in memory of Phyllis to the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home or to a charity of one's choice.
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Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home
P.O. Box 60, Ste. Rose du Lac MB R0L 1S0