On January 12, 1912, Phyllis Eileen Abraham was born to Eva Kate and Joseph Abraham in Bristol, England. It was a few years before the 1st World War. Joseph was the chief engineer aboard a tramp steamer, the Llangorse, that delivered coal to the Mediterranean from Wales. Just after the war started, Joseph moved his family to Vancouver, Canada, where Phyllis and her brother, Frank, thrived. It was in Vancouver that Phyllis met Bill Henderson. Both were avid hikers and mountain climbers. Phyllis and Bill married and had two children, Judy and Pamela. After moving to Ancaster, Ontario, Phyllis picked up the game of golf in her late 30’s and won several trophies for her efforts on the “links”. When Bill retired from the American Can Company, they moved back to British Columbia and build a beautiful home on Salt Spring island. Since the late 1980’s, Phyllis has been a widow and had managed extremely well in her own house until she reached the age of 94. At that point she moved into a retirement home and subsequently to Greenwoods, a care facility on Salt Spring Island.
Phyllis with all her children, grandchildren plus spouses and great grandchildren
Phyllis took it all in her stride and had a wonderful time. We all had a great time, even the little ones! Phyllis received special birthday greetings from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Prime Minister of Canada -Stephen Harper and the Governor General of Canada – His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston. What an amazing milestone for an amazing woman!
Phyllis is thrilled as she reads her birthday greetings from the queen
Phyllis and her great grandchildren on Judy’s side of the family: Sage, Jade, Elyse, Emmett and Regan
Phyllis with her daughters, Judy and Pam
The mother of all carrot cakes!