Emery Skeats, Phyllis

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1928 - 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mom, Phyllis Emery Skeats, in her 93rd year. Phyllis passed peacefully on March 18, 2021 attended by her family and the compassionate caregivers of Grace Village.

Phyllis is predeceased by her first husband, Lindsay Pocock, and she leaves to mourn her second husband, Terry Skeats, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Cherished mother of Sharon (Bernard), Russell (Thérèse) and Joanne (William); beloved grandmother and step-grandmother of Sandra (Roland), Robyn (Kevin), Matthew, Anna, Lara (Raouf), D’Arcy (Caroline), Nathaniel (Joanie), Emily (Adam), James (Megan), Aimée, Paul and Camille (Loic); great-grandmother of Hayley, Lauren, Meaghan, Mya, Amelia, Zachary, Noah and Celia.

Phyllis was born in 1928 to Willis and Geneva Emery of East Hatley, Quebec and was one of four children. She spent many years in Waterville as a busy mother and active volunteer at church and the elementary school. In 1967 she began employment at Bishop’s University where she spent many years as a Reference Librarian. She enjoyed her continued years of education and graduated from Bishop’s University in 1980. Among her accomplishments were genealogical research; the writing of several books on local history; and involvement in numerous volunteer organizations, including the Lake Massawippi Area Historical Society, Heritage Huntingville, and the Old North Church Cemetery Association.

In 2010, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) awarded Phyllis the Marion Phelps Award for her dedication as librarian, archivist, scholar and genealogist to Anglophone heritage.

Mom loved to sing and dance and was active in a Waterville theatre group. She loved to garden and enjoyed the creative design of four homes she built. She and her husband Terry were the proud owners of Sunset View, a bed and breakfast they established together in North Hatley. To honour Phyllis a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada https://alzheimer.ca/en/take-action/donate or the Old North Church Cemetery Association oldnorthcem@gmail.com would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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Family of Phyllis Skeats

We reach out to you at this sad time with our thoughts and prayers. Although the miles and years separate us from each other, we always think of our Families, and cherish every one of you. Your Mom was a special lady, and she will be be greatly missed, but she is at peace now. We love you all.
Fred & Dorothy Deacon

Fred & Dorothy Deacon, le 23 mars 2021

Emery and Skeats Family

I was saddened to hear of cousin Phyllis' passing. She was very kind, helping me with my family research, she gave me records, photos and stories of the Emerys that I will pass on to my own family. I named my daughter Emery Jane, in honour of my great-grandma, June Emery. My sympathies to Terry and Phyllis' children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. xxxx

Joanne Lachance, le 24 mars 2021

Terry and family

I will never forget Phyllis she made me smile every day I saw her when I worked at Grace my deapest sympathies she will never be forgotten ❤️

Lorraine kydd, le 24 mars 2021

Russell Pocock


I'm sorry to hear about the passing of you're Mom. I remember her as kind, strong and extraordanarily intelligent.
I hope you and you're family are doing well during these trying times.
Take care, be well and please accept my condolences for you're loss.


David Vachon, le 26 mars 2021

Terry, Sharon,Russell , Joanne and Families.

Our condolences are with all the family at this time Ken and Glenda Huff

Kenneth Huff, le 26 mars 2021

To family and friends but especially to a childhood friend, Joanne.

Many fond memories of your Mom as we played together. Her influence was/is much appreciated. My sympathies

Debra Martin, le 28 mars 2021

Terry, Russell, and Joanne and Bill

So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Phyllis from LeBaron' Store. She had a great sense of humor and could be a great conversationalist. Memories of a wife and mother are far more lasting than the memories caused by a disease. Keep these memories close to your heart.

Claire Paradis, le 1 avril 2021

The family

My sympathy to the family on the death of Phyllis. I remember her well from my days working in the library. She was very kind and always a lot of fun. Rest in Peace, Phyllis.

Mark Franklin , le 4 avril 2021

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