MacLeod (Phillips) Stella Lilian

Stella Lilian MacLeod (Phillips)

Stella passed away peacefully March 26, 2013 in Comox, B.C.

Stella (nee Kemp) was born in Portsmouth, England on December 3, 1926. She met and married her first husband, Lewis Corlett Phillips, a Canadian serving overseas in WWII. She came to Canada as a British War Bride arriving at Pier 21, Halifax Nova Scotia. She then boarded a special War Bride train to B.C. Their first few years of married life were in Sidney, Cranbrook, Port Alberni then finally settling in the Comox Valley. Stella worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a LPN and then went on to UBC to obtain her Early Childhood Education. Stella operated the first Preschool in Comox Valley though Courtenay Recreation.

Stella was known for her lovely watercolour paintings and owned a porcelain doll business ‘Stellar Dolls’. Her and her husband Lewis cherished and bred pugs. Stella loved to play bridge, entertain and was always up for fun with Red Hat ladies.

Stella is predeceased by her 1st husband Lewis C. Phillips of 57 years April 10, 2002 and by her 2nd husband George B. MacLeod March 13, 2004.

Stella is survived by her sister June Coupland, Qualicum, B.C. and family, and brother Peter (Edna) Kemp, South Hampton, England and family.

Stella will be greatly missed by her 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren: Andrew (Rita) Phillips of Toronto, Ont. and their children Victoria and Caitlin; Avril (Ross) Bogora of Ottawa, Ont. and their children Jennifer (Sam) Helsper (sons Landon and Owen), Stephanie, and Philip (Christine); Gillian (Rob Sumner) Normandin, Comox B.C. and her children Sarah (Sean) McGill, Meghan (Ben); and Jonathan (Carol) Phillips of Toronto, Ont., and their children Elise (Nathan), Amanda (Shawn) Jacobs (son Theo) and Gregory. Stella was happy about the impending birth of a great granddaughter to Sarah (Sean) McGill.

The family wish to especially thank Dr. J. Reggler for his care as well as the staff of the 2nd floor of St. Joseph’s Hospital for their kindness.

The family will be holding a small local Celebration of Life Saturday April 13th from 11 am to 3 pm. RVSP to Gillian Normandin at 250-339-1250. There will be a private family gathering at a later date.

Memorial Donations to the BC Cancer Society or BC Parkinson’s Society.


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