Pictou Advocate Obituaries

HAUGHAN, Phyllis M.


HAUGHAN, Phyllis M. (March 16, 1936 – August 17, 2016) – Lyons Brook. Phyllis Marie Haughan, was born to Maurice and Vera (Himmelman) Hirtle March 16, 1936, as the fifth of six children. She was born on Bushen Island surrounded by the icy salt water of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of La Have River, Lunenburg County.  Her parents were hard working fisher people who lived from the bounty of the ocean as the only inhabitants of this small island. As a consequence the family members were close and influenced strongly by their circumstance into strong, independent, resourceful individuals who could turn their hand to many things. It is this influence that contributed to my mother’s skilled workmanship and ethics reflected in her sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking and gardening projects. All completed with care and love, we were the fortunate benefactors of her work.  She started work at the early age of 16 years old, common in the day, in Bridgewater as a telephone operator. She married Glendon Haughan, March 18, 1955 and soon moved to Brooklyn, Queens County, where he was employed at Bowater Mersey Paper Company. They were strong members of the Anglican Church and Phyllis assisted as their treasurer. After 10 years in Brooklyn, they left the South Shore and extended family to pursue his career at Scott Maritimes Pulp and Paper Ltd. By this time her daughter, Virginia Haughan (Greg West) was 8 years old and Peggy Simpkin (Charlie Strickland) was 11 years of age. They lived in New Glasgow for five years where she worked for Maritime Tel & Tel and then moved to Lyons Brook, where the family lived happily since 1972. Children who went to West Pictou Elementary School may remember Phyllis as one of the playground supervisors. She helped when called on – her church, St. James Anglican Church (Pictou), her community, and her friends. She was an active member of the “Golden Girls” who officially still meet together in Pictou for coffee and tea. They were her friends and she valued this time with them. Phyllis was dedicated to her family. She was there to help and offer support through the good and bad times.  She was predeceased by brothers, Marshal Hirtle (Minnie) and Elsworth Hirtle (Greta); and sister, Doris Smith (Malcolm).  She is survived by daughters Virginia Haughan and Peggy Simpkin; her sister, Nina Teal (Earl Teal); and sister, Vivian Sponagle (deceased husband Ronald Sponagle); grandchildren, Sara Allen (children Cali and Whyatt), Pamela Simpkin (daughter Kayla Chalmers ) and Daniel Simpkin. Family service was held August 22 in the McLaren Funeral Home. Donations in her memory may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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