It looks like you are viewing this on a mobile device. Would you like to use the mobile version? No thanks.
It looks like your device can support the full version of the site. Would you like to view that instead? No thanks.
Email to a friend Tweet This Send to Facebook Share on Google+
Geraldine Phillips
December 23, 2016
Return to the Memorial Getting Started Administration Inbox  
Return to Getting Started  
Return to the Memorial Help Extend the Memorial Order a Keepsake Book  
Obituary Eulogy Guestbook Biography Photos Media Life Stories Family Tree Contribute
<div itemprop="description">PHILLIPS, Geraldine Lorraine <br> <br>Gerry died peacefully on December 23 after saying goodbye to family and friends. She had 92 years of wonderful memories of a rich and fulfilling life. <br> <br>Gerry was born in Regina in 1924 to Jemima and Harry Gee. She grew up in Prince Albert, & worked at Scott National Fruit for a number of years before marrying her boss, Cliff Thompson, in 1948. She had 3 children in the early 1950s and was a happy stay-at-home mom in Saskatoon until tragedy hit in 1960 when Cliff suffered a debilitating stroke. The next 15 years were spent raising the kids and looking after Cliff. She was tireless in her dedication to Cliff’s rehabilitation and many people remember her walking with him daily in the summer down William Avenue and in the winter in Market Mall. <br> <br>Following Cliff’s death, Gerry found love with an old friend Ken Phillips. They were married in 1977 and for 13 happy years they travelled, laughed, played the piano and danced together. They toured Japan, Switzerland, Hawaii, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, plus took trips across Canada to visit Ken’s four children and other family and friends. This was a happy time. <br> <br>Unfortunately their time was cut short when Ken died suddenly in 1990. Their retirement years together did not go as planned, but with love and support from her and Ken’s family she soldiered on. Her strong will, independent nature, fast wit and determination kept her focused as she set up a new life in a condo in St. Volodymyr. <br> <br>Gerry was a Five Pin Bowling champion who was awarded the City of Saskatoon Award of Merit and honoured in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame after winning the Canadian Ladies Five Pin Bowling Team Championship in 1967. In addition to bowling, she enjoyed golfing, sewing, playing the piano and going to local musical concerts. Her main focus, however, was her family and she was the rock that held everyone together. While normally getting a large group of people together is the equivalent of herding cats, the promise of Chinese food at Mom’s condo would create a family event in a matter of minutes. The family spent many happy summers together at Waskesiu Lake. <br> <br>Gerry is survived by sister, Marion Gordon; her children, Shelley Funk (Al), Pat Rachey (Julian) and Dan Thompson (Cheryl); nephews & nieces; grandchildren, Cory Funk (Cheryl), Carmen Breitkreutz (Tom), Alexandra Rachey (Chris), Jordan Rachey (Catherine), Logan Flockhart (Tyler) and Alison Turnquist (Braden); and 7 great grandchildren, plus step grandchildren and their children. She will also be remembered by Ken’s children, Gerry Phillips, Brenda Sonderegger, Butch Phillips (Patty), Ron Phillips (Gaye) plus their children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; husbands, Cliff and Ken; sister, Bernice; & brother, Morrison. <br> <br>The family would like to thank special friend Maureen and the staff at Preston Park II who were invaluable over the past few years in helping mom maintain her independence and ease the struggle of dealing with old age and various medical problems. We would also like to thank granddaughter Dr. Ali, the doctors, and especially the nurses of St. Paul’s Hospital 5th floor Palliative Care and Surgery B wing for their wisdom and care in mom’s final moments. <br> <br>At Mom’s request there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers please send a donation in her name to the Arthritis Society, Alzheimer’s Society, or a charity of your choice.</div>