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Phyllis Mary Brownlee (nee Knight)
April 12, 1923 – April 1, 2014
Phyllis Mary Brownlee passed away peacefully at Central Haven Special Care Home on Tuesday April 1, 2014 eleven days shy of her 91st birthday. Phyllis Mary Knight was born in Midhurst, Sussex England on April 12, 1923. On December 11, 1943, she married her Canadian soldier husband, Russel Cleveland Brownlee. They welcomed their first daughter, Mary Elaine, in 1944. Phyllis and Elaine immigrated to Canada in 1946, landing at the famous Pier 21. After settling in Saskatoon, their second daughter, Colleen Louise, was born in 1952. Phyllis spent the remainder of her lifetime in Saskatoon with frequent trips to visit her family in both Calgary and England. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Russel Cleveland; daughter, Mary Elaine Fisher; brother, Raymond; sister-in-law, Jean Knight; brother-in-law, Ralph Udell; and her parents, Aubrey and Lillian Knight. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Colleen (Tim) Whitten; devoted son-in-law, David Fisher; four grandchildren, Debbie (Larry) Philipenko, David (Patti) Fisher, Lindsay (Jamie) Webb, Scott (Samantha) Whitten; and nine great grandchildren: Alissa, Emma, Olivia, Davey, Sydney, Keira, Everett, Ruthie and Hemming. She also leaves behind many Brownlee nieces and nephews. Part of Phyllis' heart will always remain in Cocking, Sussex England, where her sister, Jean Udell, and nieces and nephews still reside. Phyllis worked for many years in Central Supply at the University Hospital and, as a cook, at the Children's Rehabilitation Centre, where she retired from. Phyllis was an active member of the Saskatchewan War Bride Association, where she enjoyed sharing in many memorable functions with her fellow war brides. Phyllis was loved for her sense of humour and zest for living. We were blessed to have her in our lives and she will be missed by all. Her memory will live on in our hearts. The family wants to send a special thank you to Central Haven for the wonderful care they provided to Phyllis over the 5 years that she lived there, suffering from dementia. We will honour Phyllis on Saturday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Saskatoon Funeral Home, with tea and dainties to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, in memory of Phyllis. Email condolences may be sent to Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME. 306-244-5577

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2014