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Born: Mar 08, 1932

Date of Passing: May 04, 2021

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Phyllis Irene Olson at Health Sciences Centre on May 4, 2021.
She is survived by her children, Jona and David (Jennifer); grandchildren, Jennifer (Jamie), Dustin, Erik and Karl; great-grandchildren, Jakob and Jerika; sisters-in-law, Carole and Colleen; nephews, Norman (Darlene), Tim, Joel (Laurie) and Louis (Tia).
She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Allan; parents, David and Mabel Lloyd, sister Wilda, brother-in-law Arni, son-in-law Randy, grandson Kristjan, and granddaughter-in-law Amanda.
Phyllis was born March 8, 1932 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Shortly after her family moved to Manitoba; but she was always proud of her Saskatchewan roots.
She met her loving husband Allan shortly before graduating from Nursing in Winnipeg in 1954, marrying soon after in August 1956; and before long Jona and David made their arrival.
Throughout the years, both Phyllis' and Allan's careers took the family to many places throughout the world. Along the way, their outgoing personalities and a joy for life provided them the opportunity to make many lifelong friendships. This is where Phyllis' love for entertaining began to flourish; whether it be large family gatherings or the unexpected visitors that Allan brought home, Phyllis was able to make you feel welcomed. Bridge was another pastime Phyllis had a passion for and always said "You could find a bridge player anywhere in the world."
In 1975, they finally settled in Gimli building their home on Willow Creek. With Phyllis' knowledge in Public Health; she was called to lead the establishment of the Home Care Programming throughout the Interlake region. She was very proud of what her team accomplished; as this was something she strongly believed was needed. During this time, Phyllis was also actively involved on a number of boards and volunteer groups in the community and upon her retirement in 1993 her participation with these increased and became more age friendly focused.
In retirement, they were able to further travel but loved their winter getaways to Mexico and Vancouver Island.
You will be missed and forever loved by all Phyllis, Mom, Nana and Auntie Phyl.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Ade, as well as Crystal and Toni from home care for the care and compassion they provided to Phyllis.
In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date in Gimli, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, as well as Craig Street Cats in Winnipeg, MB where she found her special "fur-iend" Holly.

Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • On behalf of the extended Oakley (Teulon and Gimli) and Kahler (Lethbridge) family, please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of your Mom. Phyllis was a bright light at Rotary Towers, and I know she is very sadly missed. - Louise Oakley Kahler - Posted by: Louise Kahler (Friend of family) on: May 20, 2021

  • Rest in peace, dear Phyllis, and my heartfelt condolences to her family. I met Phyllis very early in my art career, which I started in 1996 in the Town of Winnipeg Beach, she purchased a painting of mine. Of course, that fact bolstered my self esteem, and we stopped to talk ever since, when we met out and about in Gimli, or met at many of the events. Phyllis contributed enormously to the the very vibrant Gimli Art Community, as well to the Gimli and surroundings cultural life in general. Der Herr segne Dich und behüte Dich, liebe Phyllis. Amen. - Posted by: Helma Rogge Rehders, Artist (aquintance through the art community in Gimli) on: May 11, 2021

  • My deepest condolences go out to you David... Your mom and dad had always showed kindness to all those who came over to your place @ the creek... Take care.... Chuck - Posted by: Charles Dubchak (Friend to David Olson) on: May 10, 2021

  • My thoughts are with you all today. Phyllis launched my 36 year career with Home Care back in 1985. I was VERY green social work grad and she took a chance on me, guiding me and freely sharing her experience and knowledge. She had a leadership style that truly worked for me allowing me freedom to try new things and had my back when I stumbled. She also became my friend and we had many many good laughs and parties. She was truly a gem and will be missed by all. ❤️ - Posted by: Tracy seib (Friend) on: May 10, 2021

  • Our condolences to your family. As a young couple working in Gimli, Al and Phyllis opened their arms and their home and made us feel welcome. Phyllis was an amazing role model as a professional woman, times were different. We were touched by their kindness. Cas Peniuta and Joanna Blais - Posted by: Joanna Blais (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

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