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Phyllis Ellen (nee Yarian)

July 31, 1920 ~ Apr. 12, 2013

Phyllis Ellen Bagby passed away peacefully at the Bethany Sylvan Lake, AB surrounded by her loving family.

Phyllis was born in Fort Wayne Indiana to Almeta and Lester Yarian. She is a graduate of Lafayette, Indiana Home Hospital/Purdue University Nursing School. Phyllis married Robert (Bob) Bagby, her loving husband of 70 years in Arizona during WWII. She and Bob moved their family to Calgary, Alberta in 1954 and then Phyllis spent many happy and busy retirement years with Bob in their Sylvan Lake Home. Phyllis had an amazing capacity for love and devoted her life unselfishly and unconditionally to each and every one of her large family along with her many friends, her church and her community. She was a member of the Catholic Woman's League for more than 50 years and also took great pleasure in her years as a Glenbow Museum Docent.

Phyllis was a skilled seamstress and artisan, loved to swim, play golf and play bridge. Following Bob's retirement travel especially to sunny Florida brought her great pleasure. Even at 92 the mention of any family member or of the word "trip" brought a sparkle to her eyes.

Phyllis will be forever in the hearts of her devoted husband Robert Bagby; her children Terri (Mike) Madill, Mike (Robyn) Bagby, Tim (Barb) Bagby, Trish Bagby, Tom (Gina) Bagby; grandchildren Karin (Jason) Ebertz, Debby (Scott) Rumpel, Jan (Susie) Madill, Myles (Heather) Bagby, Tara (Jonah) Cimolini, Sara and Josh Bagby, Michael and Christopher Crouse Aimee Wilkins and Eric (Michelle) Tutton; her great grandchildren Paytn and Cade Ebertz, Stefen (Amanda), Joel and Megan Rumpel, Elysia Dziwenka, Mason, Elizabeth and Aime Bagby, Ethan and Tyler Cimolini, Whitni Fields, Toni Shelton, Katie McDade and Courtney Tutton; great great granddaughter Rory Ebertz and nieces Susan O'Conner and Sally Bork.

Phyllis was predeceased by her beloved son Jon Christopher Bagby; parents Almeta and Lester Yarian; sister and brother- in- law Mary Alice and John Spencer and Bob's parents Margaret and Joel Bagby.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Bethany Sylvan Lake and the Bentley Care Centre for their wonderfully loving care.

A Funeral Mass and a celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at the Our Lady Of The Assumption Catholic Church 5033-47 A Ave Sylvan Lake, Alberta on Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. A luncheon will follow the service.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made in Phyllis's name to the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta, The Canadian Red Cross or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151

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