Phoebe Edith Simmons (Buxton)
was born in the brick house at Fort Rodd Hill on January 5, 1911. She was the oldest child of fourteen in the well-known Buxton family. She died on February 15th, 2013 in Comox, B.C.
Phoebe took pride in caring for her many siblings as they grew and was never happier than when she married her love, Barney Simmons and had two children of her own. She was dedicated to her 5 grandchildren and they all remember fondly, time spent with her both in Parksville and Victoria. Barney died in the Gorge Road Hospital in 1987 and Phoebe continued to visit the hospital several times per week, volunteering with the residents.
In later years ‘Gran’ as she was known by all, was often seen driving her little green Toyota at all hours of the night, heading home after a late night game of cards with dear friends. In 2002, Gran had the opportunity to move to Comox to be closer to family. She adapted well to life in a new town and immediately began volunteering at the Views at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She spent many hours with her great grandchildren and was loved and appreciated by all.
Gran lived on her own for 100 years. The day after her milestone birthday she moved in to The Views where she remained until her death. The care she received by the staff was exemplary and she loved her caregivers. Although we were ready for her to go, Gran will be sadly missed by her loving family: Dave (Bev) Simmons, Pat (Norm) Lidstone, Michael and Susan Simmons, Ken and Kayleen Simmons, Lisa and David Bradshaw, Rob and Shari Lidstone and Terri and Stef Schovanek. She leaves behind 13 great grandchildren whom she adored.
A sincere thanks to the staff of The Views, and to Dr.Lissa Benson, whose care and compassion was appreciated by the family. No service by request.
RIP Gran, you were an amazing woman!!