April 15, 1923 — November 16, 2018
Wavey Phyllis Winsor (nee Robbins) was born on April 15, 1923 in Springdale, Newfoundland. She was the fourth of seven children born to Thomas and Patience (Colbourne) Robbins.
As a child, Wavey lived in many communities in Newfoundland such as Bishop’s Falls, Corner Brook, Botwood, Deer Lake, Bay Roberts, Fortune, and others where her parents were stationed as Salvation Army officers.
Wavey attended Memorial University to become a school teacher and returned to Deer Lake, teaching in a one room school at the age of seventeen.
In August 1948, she married Byron Winsor, also the child of Salvation Army parents. Together, they raised three children, Paul, Ruth, and Glenda.
Wavey was a wealth of information on family members and friends and had a compulsion to maintain contact through telephone calls, birthday cards, and entertaining in her home. She loved to make us laugh with her infectious sense of humour and practical jokes.
Wavey was very active in The Salvation Army and enjoyed the fellowship of the ladies in the Home League, Bible studies, visiting the shut-ins, often taking them a bottle of her home-made jam. She was constantly knitting baby suits and sweaters for the annual Home League sale and in her ‘spare time’ she knit baby suits for any and every new addition to her extended family, and especially for her grandchildren and great grandsons.
For many years Wavey was a volunteer at the O’Connell Centre, and visited the Interfaith Home, Long Term Care, Western Memorial Hospital, and Mountain View Estates. She gained great satisfaction from feeding residents, baking, and making fudge and cookies for fund-raising as well as treats for the residents. Wavey also logged many hours recruiting blood-donors on behalf of the Red Cross.
Due to failing health in 2013, Wavey and Byron left Corner Brook to reside in Kelowna, B.C. where Paul & Shirley had retired.
In her last 5 years, Wavey took great joy in the weekly visits of her granddaughter and two of her great-grandsons. She could be seen using her walker as a hockey net while the young boys tried to score in between the ever-moving goal-posts!
Wavey passed away Friday, November 16, 2018. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Byron, in 2017, and by all six of her siblings. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Jean Robbins of Corner Brook.
She will be missed by her three children and their spouses: Paul (Shirley), Ruth (Neil), and Glenda (Don); four grandchildren, five great-grandsons, nieces and nephews scattered across Canada and the USA, and numerous friends.
A graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Kelowna on Friday, November 23 at 1:30 p.m., officiated by Captain Darryl Burry, assisted by Major Jolie Boyarski, under the direction of Springfield Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Corner Brook Temple, O’Connell Dr., PO Box 20084, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 7J5.
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The service for WINSOR, Wavey is scheduled for Friday, November 23 at 1:30 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.