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Brenda Therese Phillips
May 5, 1951 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Brenda Therese Phillips May 5, 1951 - January 12, 2024
It is with heavy hearts the family of Brenda Therese Phillips announces her sudden passing at her home in Raymond, AB on January 12, 2024.
Brenda was predeceased by her mom and dad: Harry and Eileen Dixon, by her beloved husband of 52 years: Gordon Phillips, her granddaughter: Bridgette Phillips, her brothers: Pete (Irene) and Roy (Linda) Dixon and her sister Rose.
Left to mourn Brenda is her two boys: Lane Phillips and Parker Phillips, special daughter-in-law Holly Phillips, her grandchildren: Adelynn, Peyton, Damon, Evangeline, Jacksyn, Harlyn and Delilah, her brothers: Rob (Eileen) Dixon, Sisters: Susan (Phil) Decker, Linda Dixon (Gary), and Dee-Dee (Cal) Romphf as well as brothers in law: Bob (Sharon), Maurice (Pam) Phillips and many nieces and nephews, and cousins from both sides of the family.
Brenda was known for her big heart and her willingness to help others and for her dedication to her family. Brenda’s faith was so strong, and she had a special relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Brenda was born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan on May 5, 1951, to Harry and Eileen Dixon. Brenda was 1 of 8 children and living in a house with one bathroom, it wasn’t an easy task for everyone to get ready for school! Brenda’s kind and serving nature shone through even as a child as she would help her younger siblings with their grooming routine while getting herself ready. Brenda’s siblings remember her as a stickler for detail and she would take charge during the holidays to make sure their home was properly decorated and festive.
She met her future husband Gord in Tilley, AB and they were married September 2nd, 1972, in Brooks AB. Brenda was dad’s biggest supporter as he pursued his dream of flying. Brenda and Gord travelled all over the world and had many great adventures. They lived in many places including Ohio, Texas, Alaska, and Utah. They lived in a motorhome and travelled North America until their first-born son Lane started school in Pleasant View, Utah. It was then there second son Parker was born.
Brenda loved being a mom, she was her boy’s number one fan in life. She made sure both boys got all their Scouting badges and chauffeured them to sports and church activities. Brenda also loved her mom, and Gordon and Brenda made a special place in their home so they could take care of her as age limited her from doing so on her own.
Gord and Brenda eventually settled in High River, AB, Canada for 29 years making many friends in the community and through her work as a ministering sister she would often speak of her calling to help others. Brenda was a caregiver by nature.
Gord and Brenda retired in Raymond in 2018 after living and travelling North America for the 2nd time. They would travel South in winter and spend time with Lane and family then they would come home in summer to Raymond, or they would park the motorhome at Parker’s place.
Brenda was a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. She enjoyed being together as a family at every opportunity. Mom poured her faith into all of us, her guidance and her patience will be missed.
Brenda’s most precious gifts came in the form of her grandchildren, she was often seen reading, playing, or cooking with them. Brenda had a special and unique bond with each of her grandchildren.
In the summer of 2023 Brenda’s world would change forever when she suffered a major heart attack requiring heart surgery. It was at this time we found out Brenda’s kidneys had failed, and she would require life-saving dialysis three days a week. Brenda spent five challenging months in hospital to repair her heart all the while learning to navigate her new life on dialysis. Brenda hated being apart from Gord, she would tell everyone how Gord would visit her every day in the hospital until he physically could not. Brenda was released into the care of her daughter-in-law Holly and her sons and remained home through dads passing and then her own.
Brenda’s last few months were hard, but she was strong, and her faith protected and guided her. Unfortunately, losing dad was just too much. We find comfort that they are reunited together in heaven. Brenda had many memorable experiences in her journey and in the last few months she was surrounded by so much love from her kids and her grandkids and her Raymond church family.
Brenda will be missed dearly by all who got to know her, and her family wants to extend they’re thanks to the Lethbridge Renal Dialysis team and all those who helped care for Brenda by giving her rides, meals, or just coming to visit her.
As per her request, Brenda will be interned at the Temple Hill Cemetery Saturday January 20, 2024 accompanied only by immediate family.
A memorial and celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at a later date for all those who wish to participate.