January 4, 1921 – July 26, 2018
Phyllis, who liked to be called “PJ,” was born in Chilliwack to Reeves Road dairy farmers Harry and Kathleen List, and, although she loved to travel, lived here her whole long life.
She had a brother Stephen and a sister Winifred. PJ married Robert Armstrong, who was also born and died in Chilliwack, and they raised five children here, James, Andrew, Gerry, Rosalie and Anthony. Just James and Gerry survive her. But so do all sorts of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great ones, in-laws, outlaws, relatives many times removed, and a wack of friends.
A lot of her wishes must have come true, and some of them certainly didn’t. She was always doing for others, but it wasn’t easy at times letting others do for her. She helped all her kids and other folks to build their ladders to the stars, and she boosted them up their rungs. She didn’t pull off being righteous, but she was unquestionably true. She knew truth, and, with what she was given in life, she was sensibly courageous.
For a lady bent over by time, she was upright and strong. Her hands were always busy, and her poor feet until the last few years were always swift. Though her heart felt much sadness, it was never far from joyful, and she sang her good song to the end.
Thanks to all who, in their professional capacities or as friends or family, cared for PJ over her lifetime, but especially in her final years, and helped her be a good egg and finish her course.
The “She’s a goner” obit is her wish. She’s not really gone.