Phyllis McAnally died peacefully at the age of 101 in hospital after a short illness. Phyllis was born in Charlottetown, PEI. She worked in Washington, DC, during WWII, and there met and married Joseph (Pat) McAnally. Phyllis attended Prince of Wales College (now UPEI) in her youth and returned to studies at UAlberta at the age of 55; she called her university days “the best years of my life.”
Phyllis embraced learning and excellence all her life, whether as an enthusiastic student, professional secretary, community volunteer, or expert knitter, seamstress, cook, baker. She passed this attitude and pursuit of excellence on to her children and her beloved grandchildren, many of whom were taught to play Scrabble, knit, sew, embrace technology, and pursue knowledge with her encouragement and example.
Phyllis is survived by her nine children: Maureen Saunders, Edmonton; Eileen (Charlie) Bulger, Fort Saskatchewan; Joe (Lee McKenzie), Victoria; Kathy Classen (John Mattiello), Edmonton; Anne (Udo) Renner, Burlington; Joan (Allen) Perrott, Radway; Michael (Jan Favel), Edmonton; Sean (Mary Lynne), Phillipsburg, NJ; Shelagh (Glenn) Kubish, Edmonton. Also survived by 25 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice Goodwin of Kentville, NS; and one brother-in-law, Peter McAnally of Barrhead. Predeceased by her husband, Pat McAnally; five sisters and one brother; six brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Also predeceased by two sons-in-law, Bill Saunders and Rockey Classen; two granddaughters, Meghan McAnally and Rebecca Classen. No funeral will be held due to the coronavirus outbreak. Donations may be made to Covenant Foundation, covenantfoundation.ca