Phyllis Rogers

Phyllis Jean Rogers (Ford)

Wednesday, October 27th, 1926 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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Phyllis Jean (Ford) Rogers
October 27, 1926-September 24, 2019

On a beautiful sunny day, reminiscent of the prairie skies that she loved so much, Phyllis Jean passed quietly and peacefully, surrounded by her daughters and supported by love.

Phyllis grew up in Millicent, Alberta where her family farmed for many years. The daughter of Jess and Elsie Ford and sister to Lloyd, she spent her youth exploring the prairie fields and hills of the Badlands on horseback. There wasn’t a barn cat or horse that she did not love. She and Lloyd shared many years of adventures together as part of the close-knit Ford Family.

When Lloyd got married, it was natural that his wife would be one of Phyllis’ closest friends. Dorothy was far more than a sister-in-law – she was Phyll’s closest friend and confidant for over 60 years and remains that way to her surviving daughters.

After working for many years as District Instructress for Alberta Government Telephone (AGT), Phyllis married Stephen Rogers (Toronto) in 1961 and moved to Calgary to start their family. Barbara Jean was first to arrive, followed by Patricia and Sandy several years later. She was an active and vital part of her community in Calgary, always the first to volunteer her time and energy to the events and activities that her girls were involved in.
As a family, they spent many summers at Mara Lake, enjoying the company of summer friends. After Steve’s passing in 1996, she continued to spend each summer at her beloved lake, gardening and tending her flower beds.

Declining health brought her to live closer to her daughters in Vancouver where she spent the last ten years, close to her girls, their husbands and her deeply loved grandchildren.

Phyll will remain forever in the hearts and minds of her daughters, Barb (Ryan), Patricia (Paul), Sandy (George) and grandchildren Emily, Hugh, Angus, Sophia and Aidan. Dorothy Ford (David, Cheryl & Bruce) share deeply in our loss. Memories of her quick wit and high energy continue to make each of us laugh as we share stories of her around the table.

We would like to thank the care team at Sunrise of Lynn Valley in North Vancouver for their respectful and loving care of our mother over the past few years.

There will be a small family memorial service in Calgary at a later date.

Donations in Phyllis’ memory can be at or with your local SPCA.
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Christine Gingerick

Posted at 10:50pm
So many memories! Best buddy's mom; after school snack provider; Girl Guide badge tester (I remember clearly the "laundress badge" test - Mrs. Rogers (still can't call her Phyllis!) made it really hard!). Feeling jealous that Barb always knew what her mother would be making for dinner; feeling nervous that my mother and Mrs. Rogers volunteered together at our school(s) so there were no secrets; feeling amazed that Duke the cat allowed himself to be vacuumed. Always welcoming and warm; always meticulously dressed and coiffed; always energetic and interested. Mrs. Rogers hosted a wedding shower for me in the back yard in 1984 - and I smile at the photo of her tying the paper plate/ribbon hat on my head! I remember visiting at Mara Lake and eating cottage cheese with salt and pepper; admiring her self confidence and incredible sun tan; and being shown around the flowers in the common areas that she maintained. Visiting in Vancouver, sharing a glass of wine and talking about the Calgary Flames. A classy lady with a ready smile and infectious giggle. My mom (Vicki Andersen) remembers a true and trusted friend; and a very special trip to Mexico! Love to all the family .. Christine (Andersen) Gingerick


Posted at 01:33pm
As a long time friend of Patricia, I was fortunate enough to spend time with the Rogers clan on and off through the years in both Calgary and Mara, and now Vancouver. I have very vivid memories of Phyllis: mucking about in the garden; walking around the lake in various vibrant bathing suits (bikinis in particular!) looking fabulous and needless to say ALWAYS with a dark tan! (What! Sunscreen? Forget it!); and in the kitchen making we kids snacks. She was the quintessential host - so classy, so loving and thoughtful. As Patricia has said many times over these past years, her default was always kindness and happiness. And her sweet daughters carry these traits with them. I will never forget her little giggle which she shared often.

I feel very blessed to have known this extraordinary woman, and her daughters who follow in her footsteps. I hope she’s off riding horses on her beloved homestead.

With love
Chris Flegal

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