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JACOBS SMITH, Phyllis Marie

In loving memory of Phyllis Marie Jacobs Smith, known in Kelowna for her love of the game of Bridge & the many players who attended her classes and Bridge clubs. Phyllis was an ACBL certified Bridge director and Bridge teacher.  She was also a Master Bridge player.

Phyllis passed away peacefully at 85 years young, surrounded by her Jacobs brothers and sister, her children, grandchildren, and friends.

Phyllis was a remarkable woman, known for her love of international travel. She was born near Beaverlodge, Alberta to pioneering parents of German heritage, Rudy Jacobs and Ann Kinderwater. From the land of the Mighty Peace (surrounded by her five brothers Francis, Clem, Bob, Mike, and Jim and sister Carol Ann) Phyllis’s journey took her to Alberta teacher’s college and then to the shores of North Africa with husband Lyall and children Bettywyn, Todd, and Jane.

Phyllis graduated from Beaverlodge High school and received a Bursary from the County of Grand Prairie for University.  The summer she graduated, she received a scholarship to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts for one week – a highlight for her, a teenager from small town Beaverlodge.

Phyllis joined oil business expatriate communities in Tripoli Libya, Lagos Nigeria, and Jakarta Indonesia, making many treasured lifelong friends along the way, before returning to settle in Kelowna, BC, where she continued to nurture her passion for the game of Bridge and for her grandchildren Anne-Marie, Christine, Dewan, Camille, Jasmine, Olivia, and even great-grandkids Blake and Kenzie.

She cared deeply for her extended family and friends, creating lasting bonds through shared laughter and cherished memories. Phyllis’s legacy lives on through the networks she built and her unwavering love for family.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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