Wilda Phillips

Wilda Lynne Phillips

Sunday, May 5th, 1946 - Friday, September 4th, 2020
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Winnipeg May 5, 1946 - Ottawa September 4, 2020

Peacefully on the evening of Friday, September 4, 2020, Wilda Lynne Phillips passed away with her niece Deb and nephew Bob by her side. She is now reunited with the love of her life Thomas (Corky) Lahey.

Welcoming Wilda to her next journey are her parents Robert and Orma (nee Richards) Phillips, sister Wilene Jeffery and brother Ron Phillips, special Aunt Wilma and mother-in-law Wava Lahey.

Left to cherish her memory are her sister-in-law Paige Phillips, nieces and nephews Deb (Dave), Tim, Bob (Cheryl), Shannon (Kevin), Laurel (Mike) and many great-nephews and nieces, as well as one great-great nephew, all of Winnipeg; her Godson Casey Floyd, many cousins, her childhood friends, brother-in-laws Bob (Ruth), Michael; nephews Greg, Dale and a multitude of friends in Ottawa, whom she adored, are also left to cherish her memory.

Wilda was fondly known as Babe and Auntie Babe to her Winnipeg family and friends. In Wilda fashion, she made each family member feel so special and they relished her visits to Winnipeg.

Wilda was everyone's best friend. She had so many friends that it required making categories in order to notify them all of her passing; the Y (Tee It Up, Women of Distinction), Cornerstone Housing for Women, St. Patrick's Basilica, Zonta Club of Ottawa, her university friends, The Hunt, GDO (Girls Day Out), The Friendship Club, Pig Snorts, her neighbours, favourite shopkeepers and even a category for the trades! Everyone had a special relationship with Wilda. She was the best listener ever. She was a deep thinker who put her convictions into action. Wilda's heart was huge and she was blessed with a bright spirit full of grace and joy. She walked lightly on this earth and made a deep impact.

Wilda's family would like to thank Donna, Kevin, Susie, John, Marlena and all her dear friends, Dr. Clemons and staff and to Nurse Darlene at Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital for your love, compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ottawa YMCA Wilda Phillips Leadership Bursary Fund or The Cornerstone Housing for Women. With regrets, due to the present circumstances funeral arrangements are private.

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Franco Savoia

Posted at 04:06pm
To Wilda's family, please accept my sincerest condolences. Although I never worked with her at the Ottawa Y--we worked and met on many projects over the years. I could always count on her smile, compassion and caring . She was so very thoughtful and asked challenging questions. She leaves a wonderful legacy through all of the people she touched. Wilda, my friend, rest in peace.

Nancy Forrest

Posted at 06:03pm
I met Wilda a number of years ago. We travelled together to the Soviet Union on YMCA business.
That experience lead to us becoming lifelong friends.
While in Moscow, we purchased a set of 4 pictures, each of us keeping two.
For some reason I always believed that these pictures would keep us together and I loved seeing them hanging in her home.
A fun Wilda story if I may. When my husband was undergoing cancer treatment, she called us to tell us that she’d been to church and had lit the big candle...we owed her $5.00!
I will cherish my friendship with Wilda forever. Nancy Forrest-you may have heard of me, Wilda’s name for me was Fruitloop aka The Looper.

Natalie Tommy

Posted at 07:06pm
Our earth has lost a beautiful soul but her legacy will glow on through everyone she touched, including me. She was sassy, bright, warm and oh so good at showing me what was most important in life. I am forever grateful.
I will always remember her sparkling eyes, inviting smile and quick wit. Blessed was I the day i was introduced to Wilda at the Y. My life was forever changed and the importance of volunteering was cemented.
I will miss her and never forget how she reached out to help those who needed it most.
RIP sweet Wilda....
Natalie Tommy

Sabrina Rannala

Posted at 02:32pm
I met Wilda while volunteering at Cornerstone Housing for Women. She truly had a heart of gold, a special way of making the people around her feel seen, and never failed to put a smile on your face. It was an absolute honour to know Wilda, she will be deeply missed. My sincere condolences

Katie Black

Posted at 04:21am
I came to know Wilda through her incredible work with Cornerstone Housing for Women. She exuded optimism and determined hard work. If we all strive to be more like Wilda this world will undoubtedly be a better place. Her impact was profound. What a beautiful person.

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