Phyllis May Johansen (Cottingham)

May 13, 1929 – February 6, 2016

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mom, Phyllis after a lengthy battle with COPD. This brings an end to the era of the original Cottingham family. Phyllis was the youngest of seven children of William (1978) and Maryanne (1963) Cottingham who homesteaded in Lazo in 1927. Mom was born and died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings (Cyril Cottingham (1943), Beryl Grieve (1981), Ronald Cottingham (1984), Bill Cottingham (1990), Glyn Cottingham (2006), and Doreen Webber (2006). She was also predeceased by her first husband Ken Greenhill (1979), and her second husband Joe (Hugh) Johansen (2012), daughter, Patty (1992), and son Ross (2002).

Phyllis is survived by her daughter Brenda (Glen) Lange, Vern (April) Greenhill, Glen (Cindy) Greenhill, Son-in-law Ken Crane, sister-in-law Patricia Cottingham, 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, her “Special” niece Joy (Paul) Beaulieu, and numerous nephews and nieces of the Cottingham, Webber, and Grieve families.

Mom led a simple and quiet life and was very much a homebody! What brought her joy was her family. Mom also reflected fondly on her childhood growing up on Ryan Road near the air base. Mom worked for many years in the laundry dept of HMCS Quadra (Goose Spit Sea Cadets), and later in the café at Leungs groceries.

Mom did not want a formal service, but the family will be holding a private gathering at a later date. Mom loved all animals especially her cat Mitzi. In lieu of cards and flowers, a donation to the SPCA would be appreciated.


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