Phyllis Augustus was born on April 13, 1947 in Yorkton SK. She was raised by her parents, Philip and Lydia (nee Stiglitz) Geib, with her brothers Ken and Morley in their 4th Avenue home. Phyllis had an active youth, but she especially loved her dancing and skating lessons, where she excelled at both.
Phyllis’s early adult life was centered around her family and her work. She raised her four daughters with Richard, and worked full time for most of that, most notably at CJGX radio and Superior Propane. After raising a family for 25 years, Phyllis started a new life with Ed Freed. She grew to share his love of the auction, working by his side for the next 20 years until they retired. Phyllis was a woman of many skills, demonstrated through a long and interesting work history, but it was at the auction where she truly flourished. During that time, she developed an expertise for appraising vehicles, which became her specialty. Through the auction, Phyllis and Ed built an extensive network of personal and business relationships which they both valued highly. It was as much her social life as it was her work life.
Outside of her long partnership with Ed, what mattered to Phyllis most was her large intricate network of friends, neighbours and families. Phyllis loved to laugh, visit, and cook – three passions she brought together at her kitchen table on countless occasions. Her happiest moments were having coffee with friends and family, feeding them an array of her many baking specialties. Her famous pies and home-cooked meals brought many to her door. She loved the company, the chats, and the laughs with all. She worked hard her whole life, whether it be in the kitchen, the garden, or the office, to fit in as many of these visits as possible.
Phyllis was predeceased by her best friend and partner of 21 years, Ed Freed, her father, Philip Geib, her mother, Lydia, her brothers, Ken and Morley, and many extended family members, including Rachel Stiglitz, with whom she was especially close, and her beloved pet cat, Pooky. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life her four daughters, Connie (Toronto), Carla (Calgary), Camie (Nanaimo), and Corry (Yorkton), her son-in-law, Adrian, and three grandchildren, Brendon, Erin, and Spencer. She also leaves to mourn a larger family community inherited through her partner, Ed, including his children, Sandra (Chris) Hergott and Dwight Freed, his grandchildren Ashley (Brandon), Mark (Stephanie), Malorie (Joshua) and Ryan (Chantelle), and his five great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many friends and neighbours, a central part of her life, including her lifelong family friends, the Dobkos, the Jones, and the Chillogs.
Phyllis’s capacity to make friends wherever she went did not stop with her illness. At the Regina Cancer Patient Lodge, her ‘social butterfly’ nature flourished as it did anywhere in her life. She developed a new-found community of old friends and new acquaintances. For her, the Lodge was not just a place to stay during treatment: it was a support network and social hub at a time when sharing a common experience with empathetic people mattered most.
In gratitude for this support, donations can be made in Phyllis's memory to the Regina Patient Cancer Lodge.
A Memorial Service will be held for Phyllis on Wednesday September 26 2018 at 11 am from Chapel of Christie's Funeral Home with Shelly Morris officiating.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to Regina Cancer Patient Lodge.
Regina Cancer Patient Lodge
4104 Dewdney Avenue, Regina SK S4T 1A3