Phyllis Mary (James) STRAUTMAN

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STRAUTMAN, Phyllis Mary (nee James) January 14, 1924 – December 22, 2012 With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Phyllis (Jimmie) in Duncan, BC at Cairnsmore Place on December 22, 2012. Phyllis was born in Woodrow, Saskatchewan to Charlie and Mary James. She completed school in Woodrow and attended Normal School in Moose Jaw, teaching one year before joining the RCAF in 1942. She served mostly at Pat Bay until her discharge in 1945. Phyllis graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Laboratory Science. Phyllis worked as a laboratory technician until 1952, when she married Arthur Strautman in Vancouver. Phyllis and Art moved to Khartoum, Sudan where Art worked as an Agricultural Engineer. While based in Sudan, they traveled through Africa, Europe and Scandinavia including viewing the Coronation Parade in London from Sudan Government seats overlooking Hyde Park. In 1954, they returned to Canada with infant daughter Shirley, living briefly in High River, AB before settling in Edmonton. Phyllis stayed at home with their five children until 1968, then worked as a Library Assistant with the Edmonton Public Library until retirement. They relocated to Duncan in 1991. Phyllis enjoyed music, singing with her church choir and with the Edmonton Chapter of Sweet Adelines. An avid golfer and bowler, she played at Mt Brenton Golf Club and bowled at Duncan Lanes in the 55+ Seniors 10 Pin League for many years. Over the years, Phyllis and Art traveled extensively to the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, back to Africa, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico, the Maritimes and cruised Alaska and the Caribbean. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Arthur; her children Shirley (Ken), Janice (Bill), Julie, Richard (Chyleene) and Chuck (Marjorie) and her grandsons Matt, Andy and Nolan. She is also missed by many other family members and friends. She was predeceased by her sister Doris and brothers Kenneth and Freddie. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Robinson and Dr. Swann, and to the staff at Cairnsmore Place, in particular to those who made her smile. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter's (Quamichan) Anglican Church, 5800 Church Road in Duncan. Condolences may be shared online at www.sandsduncan.ca "> www.sandsduncan.ca

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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Jan. 25, 2013
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