Clark, Phyllis Betty

Phyllis passed away peacefully after a short illness in the Souris Hospital on Sunday, December 24, 2023 at the age 98 years old.

Phyllis was born in Myrtle Cottage in Bunclody, Manitoba on March 23, 1925.  She is survived by her daughter Ellen (Bill), and her two sons Hugh (Jocelyn) and Harry (Nikki), Grandchildren – Deanna (Matt), Rob (Shelly), Joanna, Jennifer (Arthur), Julia, Jim (Jordhan), Kristin, Kyle, Noah, Wayne, Josh  Great Grandchildren- Calder, Bailey, Ayelin, Grace, Collin, Hayden, Hunter.  She is mourned as well by many relative and so many good friends.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Harry and Grace Leadbeater, her husbands Jim Bell and Hugh Clark, sister Mildred (Russell), brother Doug.       Phyllis grew up on a farm in the Bunclody District.  She always wanted to be a teacher and considered it a real miracle that she could become one. She taught on a permit for two years in a one classroom school at Riverside and Tresbank (Gr. 1-8) and saved enough money, along with her family, to go to Normal School in Winnipeg.  She graduated in 1948 from Normal School and got a job at Alexander school.  This is where she met Jim Bell and in December, 1948 they were married.  They lived on a farm and had their three children, Ellen and twins, Hugh and Harry.  Jim died in a train accident in 1954.  The next year the Alexander school needed her to finish out the school year, and then she was hired to teach in Souris in 1956.  This is where she raised her children and met Hugh Clark at the curling rink.  They were married in March, 1973 and lived on the Clark farm on the outskirts of Souris.  Hugh passed away in 1995, when she move to town and lived in her house until her death.  She raised her children with the help of her family, living four generation in one household for a few years.  Phyllis loved her sports, especially hockey, baseball and curling.  Her love of sports lives on with her whole family.  She was very community minded and was involved in UCW, Eastern Star, church choir, many church activities, and curling as well as attending many many of her children and grandchildren’s sports practices and games.  When she could no longer curl herself she still enjoyed going to the rink to watch others curl, where she continued to make many shots, and visit with friends. She leaves many, many good friends that she loved so much.  She will be so missed by her family and friends.

Cremation has taken place and ‘A Celebration of Life’ will be held at St Paul’s United Church in Souris on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.  Private burials will take place after the service/lunch in Alexander and Souris Cemeteries.

Donations may be made to St Paul’s United Church Box 899 Souris Manitoba R0K 2C0; Souris Health Center c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10  Souris Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice.

40 thoughts on “Clark, Phyllis Betty”

  1. To Phyllis’ Family
    You were so blessed to have had such a remarkable Mom/Grandma in your lives for so many years. I feel privileged to have called her my friend. Phyllis will be truly missed by all who knew her.

  2. Sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. She is the last one of the Bunclody Lunch group. Cherish the memories.

  3. Our deepest condolences to all the family at this difficult time. Phyllis was a wonderful lady and will be missed by so many. We all have so many fond memories.

    Butch and Lynne

  4. I did not know her well but she use to coffee with my mom so occasionally would have coffee with her also. I enjoyed her company and appreciated the time she spent with mom. My sincere condolence.
    Donna Robbins (nee Strath)

  5. Mrs Clark was my Grade 2 teacher
    I will never forget how lovely and kind she was to everyone. She will be missed
    By so many. Sincerest Sympathy to her Family …I’m so lucky that I had Phyllis write in my Autograph Book
    Many years ago, it’s always been a treasure.

  6. Dear Ellen and all of Phyllis’s family, I am so sorry to read this news. Phyllis held a special place in my heart. Her weekly visits at the store over the years were a high light for me. She will be missed by so many.

  7. So sorry to hear this news. I’ll always remember Phyllis and Aunt Mil attending all of our girls hockey games. Cold weather nor a bit of a snow storm didn’t keep them away! So sorry for you loss.

  8. Our thoughts go out to all of the family of this amazing lady. Phyllis is someone who we think of, even in very recent times, as a huge asset to our community. She had a keen mind, a great thought process, enjoyed people, supported so many activities in and around town, and loved each and every one of her family and friends with ALL of her heart. Our sympathy to all who will miss her but have so many memories to cherish. Jim and Lori Denbow

  9. So sorry for your loss.
    Phyllis was a remarkable person, a real roll model!
    She will be missed by all that knew her.
    Thinking of you and your family.

  10. Sincerest Sympathy to Phyllis’s
    Family. I have many Fond Memories of my Grade 2 Teacher one in a million.
    Back when Autograph Books were Popular, I asked Mrs. Bell to write in my book, it was a beautiful verse along with her artwork of Roses., It’s a Lovely Treasure.

  11. My condolence on your loss. Phyllis was truly a remarkable person and I’m happy we were able to celebrate her birthdays over the years. May the happy memories you shared with her sustain you as you mourn her loss. A life well lived!

  12. To the family of Phyllis Clark.
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Always a joy to talk to when you saw her so hope all your memories will live on forever.
    Doug and Helen Fenwick

  13. Phyllis was a wonderful friend, great colleague and a beautiful person.
    Hilda and Mrs Oberlin will be welcoming her with open arms.
    Sincerest sympathy to Ellen, Harry, Hugh and families.
    Bill Lawson

  14. Our sincere condolences to the family of Phyllis. She was a wonderful staff member of the souris school for so many years. She will be missed on the Class of ‘69 float in the Souris parade and at the “to hell with the bells” annual retired souris teachers’ annual get together on the first day of school.

  15. Ellen & family
    So many great memories of time spent with Phyllis & family over the years. So fortunate to have known her. She was a very special lady. I know her and my mom will be having tea and a sweet treat together. Sending love & hugs to all of you.

  16. To Phyllis’ Family,
    Your Dear Mother and Grandmother meant the world to me during my years of living in Souris. I cherish every memory of her and I have lots. All are so blessed to have her so many years.
    Gloria & Walter Hall

  17. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Phyllis’s families! She was a fantastic loving lady and loved to watch hockey !

  18. My deepest condolences to Ellen and family. I remember Phyllis at all Elks games, she was a great supporter. Lovely lady ❤️

  19. So sorry to hear this news. Phyllis was a very special lady, always smiling, always kind and a dear friend to our Aunt Shirley. My sincere condolences to the family.

  20. Phyllis was a very special lady, always smiling, always kind and a dear friend to our Aunt Shirley. My sincere condolences to the family.

  21. Ellen, Harry and Hugh: so sorry to hear that your mom had passed. Your mom was such a beautiful person, I haven’t seen her for some time but when I occasionally ran into her, we would have a great visit. She was the best and will be missed. Holly (Williams) White

  22. Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. We were both very fortunate to have had your mom for our teachers. Cherish your memories.
    Fred and Sharon (Waterman) Kelesnik

  23. Phyllis was a wonderful person, so kind, so proud of her family.Regretfully,another family connection gone. Sincere sympathy to Ellen,Hugh and Harry and their families.

  24. What an amazing and influential lady! She touched so many of our lives as our primary teacher and then continued to be our friend. She will be missed and remembered.

  25. Our thoughts go out to you at this sad time. What a loss for your family. A special person indeed , one who will be remembered fondly and missed greatly

  26. We met Phyllis at the tea house she was always kind and friendly to us and always had time for a greeting and chat, Nice lady she will be missed.

  27. So sad to hear about the passing of my Grade 2 teacher. Sympathies to Ellen, Hugh and Harry.

  28. So very sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing. Such a wonderful lady!

    The Turner’s at Carroll

  29. Your Mom was my grade 2 teacher and I always remember such a kind, gentle woman. She helped so many Souris kids throughout the years and left a huge legacy in the community.

  30. Each person has a finite time on this earth. In that time they have the ability to do an infinite number of kind and loving acts. Phyllis will always be remembered for those acts. It was a true honour to have known her.

  31. My thoughts are with the family at this time. Phyllis was my neighbour for ten years and I very much enjoyed visiting with her and Ellen. She told me that my family of pets kept her constantly entertained! Such a sweet lady and I will miss her.

  32. I have many memories of Mrs Bell. I’ll pass on one.

    My wife and I have attended wheat king games for a number of years. ( One of her great grandsons played on the team a few years ago. ) At times some of Mrs. Bells descendants have sat in our section. And, over the years she came out to a few games.
    The first time I saw her there, we chatted a bit. After the game I mentioned to dad that she had been at the game. Dad recalled that she was a great hockey fan. And, he remembered her being at the first hockey game that he ever went to in Souris. There would be a lot of years between those games.

    Fond memories always. Terry Powell

  33. We are so sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a very special person and you will cherish your many memories of her. She was very caring, very wise and it was always a pleasure to visit with her. Sincere sympathy from Ruth, Garry and family

  34. I have many great memories of going to your house Ellen every morning to pick you up for school . Everyone in the house was always so nice and welcoming. Your mom always had time for a chat. It was so nice that she lived such a long and rewarding life . You and your family were lucky to have her with you for so long. She will always be a special part of the class of ‘ 69.Sincere sympathy to you, Harry , Hugh and your families.

  35. I only met Phyllis once, but it was memorable. Perhaps 10 years ago, I was standing in front of Whitfield Drugs with my cousins Bernice and Art Atkinson. A very large SUV pulled up in front, but there didn’t appear to be anyone driving! The door opened and a small woman climbed down. I was quickly introduced to Phyllis “Bell”. We quickly established that she used to live just off #1, west of Alexander, not far from our old Chestnut homestead on Chestnut Road. It was wonderful to hear about my long departed family members. And it was soon clear that this lovely woman was kind and smart. I’m sorry we couldn’t spend more time together.
    Gary Rogers, Toronto

  36. Mrs. Clark was my teacher (as Miss Leadbeater) at Stratherne School (ne of Routhwaite and nw of Wawanesa) in the mid 1940s. She boarded at our farm and I remember her as a very nice person and a good teacher.

  37. Our sincere condolences to Phyllis’s Family. Such a lovely lady. Always a kind word and a smile for everyone. She will be missed in our community. You will have so many wonderful memories of her. Hold all of them close.
    Marilyn & Robert Pearce

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