Grandfather Ambrose Walker
and Phyllis Walker
Phyllis Myrtle Walker was born at Yallourn, Victoria, Australia on the 14th December 1926. She is the eldest child of Gordon and Rita Walker.
I would visit Aunty Phyll every time that I went through Moe and she would always make me (and the family) feel welcome. Many of the Walker photos and items that I have today were from Aunty Phyll's estate. We would often discuss family history when I went to visit, but for some reason I never found out where or when she married Uncle Frank Lester.
Memories of Aunty Phyllis:
- I always loved her garden. There was a huge tree in the backyard. There was lots of ivy and ground cover. It had an enchanted "fairy garden" feel to it.
- When we were kids, they had a dog that they would feed chocolate bars to! I think it was a collie.
- Visiting Aunty Phyllis was like visiting a museum! Her house was full of interesting antiques and family memorabilia.
- I always loved the family pictures on the wall (two of which I now own).
- When Aunty Phyllis and Uncle Frank danced, it was like watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! They didn't dance, they glided! Beautiful and mesmerising!
- Aunty Phyll would always have a tablecloth on the table and there was always tea and cake/cookies, served formally with sugar bowl, milk jug, cup and saucer and little plates.
- She was very involved in the community. She did a lot at the Moe Historical Society (note to self: I really need to visit it) and for the anti-cancer (as Uncle Frank died from cancer).
- She hated that I was a smoker and would remind me that Uncle Frank had died from cancer. She would be proud that I have finally given up!
- Aunty Phyll was a lady, she always seemed very prim and proper but when she got together with her sisters and brothers she was a real character.
- When making a speech at my father's 50th, she had written notes on the back of a coaster, which she was holding for the entire speech. Little did she realise that the coaster said "on tap" and she was holding it at her chest all speech!
- We visited Aunty Phyllis in hospital not long before she died. We knew that we were there to say good bye. I was amazed at her strength and character. She was always a lady, polite, attentive and smiling. She was ready to go and to be with Uncle Frank.
|Cousin, Bob Walker (background)|
Father, Gordon Walker
Stratford Dec 1976
|Feb 2008 - Tasmania|
Cousins - Bob and Phyllis Walker
Aunty Phyllis died 27th May 2008. She had arranged her own funeral, which was one of the best funerals that I have attended (Is it bad to say that?). It was like Aunty Phyllis was speaking to us from beyond and it really was a celebration of the things that were important to her. At the end of the funeral, the Can Can was played, which is up-beat and not a song that is normally played at a funeral. Someone behind me, commented "that is not appropriate". However, I thought it was totally perfect and it made me smile and cry at the same time. The Walker girls would often dance the Can Can together after a few drinks so it was the perfect finale!
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