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Jo-Anne Phillips

Jo-Anne Phillips

Sunday, December 24th, 1939 - Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Jo-Anne Phillips (nee Ridler) 1939-June 22, 2020.

Honoured flight attendant TCA/Air Cananda of 31 years. Beloved wife of Captain Mark Phillips. Loving (step) Mother to Caitlin and Robin Phillips. Dear grandmother to Isabella and Alexander Ciano (Caitlin). Loving sister to Judith (Dave) Misener. Special aunt of Gillian Misener and M/Gen. Mark Misener. Dedicated daughter of Frances Ridler (1914-2004).

Loved by all who knew her.

She passed away unexpectedly after a marriage of 45 years of love and deep friendship.
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Gretchen Aird Dawson

Posted at 08:48pm
Hello to the Phillips Family.....I've been very saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of a very long time ago, flymate of mine, with TCA, and the first 2 years of the Company's new name Air Canada. A Guelph friend of mine read Jo's obituary & forwarded it onto me, assured I'd probably 'know her'!
Jo and I flew the 'double New York' run frequently in the very early '60's, and other flights, as well. We enjoyed each other's company and working together. She was a lovely congenial lady even then. I have a lovely photograph (somewhere in my albums) of us on the stairs of the Viscount in New York on our turn arounds. I married legally in Feb.'66; but months later on found out there was no pregnancy leave, and was told I had to resign!! Broke my heart. I lost touch with many of the special friends I'd made, and Jo was one of them. I lived in Guelph for 35 years, and in 1980 started an Association of former stewardesses, pursers and stewards of TCA. It became a reality known as CANADIAN MAPLE WINGS ASSOCIATION, with Chapters across Canada. I was aware Jo had joined as a member-at- large, in '85 and later married. I left Ontario to live in B.C. in 1995, and knew by then that Jo and the other gals who had flown for 25 years or more got a Chapter together in 1991/92, known as Silver Wings. It was wonderful to see the 'senior' gals "come on board"!! It's so true that all who knew her couldn't help but love her. As CMWA is 40 years old this year, and Silver Wings Chapter going strong.....she will be sorely missed by her many airline friends. Mine, and our sincere condolences you Mark and Family. Gretchen (nee Aird) Dawson
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Liz Hamilton

Posted at 12:53pm
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Jo-Anne's sudden passing. Although we haven't seen each other for many years, we kept in touch and I have always counted her as a very dear friend. There are some people who come into your life and leave an imprint on your heart and memory and Jo-Anne was one of those very special souls. Much loved and never to be forgotten.
I first met Jo-Anne in the early 70's. We met at a friend's house and our friendship grew when we regularly saw each other on her trips to London working for Air Canada. We spent many lovely times together and the conversation never dried up, in fact quite the opposite. We once spent a week in a very secluded cottage in the Welsh Black Mountains in an attempt to 'get away from it all'. Yet again lots of adventures, laughter, food and wine. Many years later I went to Canada with my daughter Joanna and we stayed with her and Mark. We were made so welcome and had a wonderful fortnight. She also visited us many times in England and my Mum and family were very fond of her. My overriding memory of Jo-Anne is of grace, fun, love, laughter and kindness. A beautiful soul inside and out. I will truly miss her just being there. I still can't get my head around it but she will always have a special place in my heart. Our love and thoughts are with Mark and family.
The quality of some of the photos is not great but are a small memento of our time together. I particularly like the one of her and her Mum.
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Elli Schonstedtdt

Posted at 12:31pm
I met Jo-Anne at Air Canada. We flew together for many years and had some wonderful times on " Lay-overs ".
Even in Retirement, we enjoyed getting together 2-3 times a year for Lunch or a big Christmas-Party.
Jo-Anne, with her bright smile and sense of humor, will be missed by all of us.
My deepest Condolences to the Family.

Elli Schonstedt
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Laurie Farrance

Posted at 02:34pm
I have so many cherished memories of my beautiful cousin, Jo-Anne. Since she was a “grown-up” before I had even hit my teens, I idolized her for her beauty, her warmth, her poise, and her maturity. I also loved the silly side of Jo that emerged many times during our family holiday get-togethers, and wonderful summers at the cottage. Of all the Crawford girls, she was the most like my, also beautiful, mother Joyce. If they were in another room from the rest of us, we had difficulty figuring out which one of them was laughing. Their laughs were identical. Despite being older than her gang of cousins, Jo was always able to invest herself fully in the crazy antics in which we sometimes engaged at the cottage. She loved joining in on the fun, and in so doing, made it more fun for the rest of us. Despite it being very rustic, with no running water except the pump outside, our “Joy-Fra-Lyn” was a Crawford haven and I can’t imagine how much poorer our lives would have been without it as a family gathering place. …. When I was about twelve-years-old, Jo-Anne gave me a lovely little birchbark jewelry container with some of the pieces she felt she had outgrown. I adored it, and still wear one of the pieces now. I thought it was such a wonderful gesture, that I paid it forward to a little girl on my street this past Christmas who isn’t blessed with the kind of family we all shared. I’m glad that I didn’t know at the time that this tribute to Jo-Anne would mark her last birthday. It is hard to believe that her beautiful spirit is no longer here with us, but if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that Jo is being welcomed and adding joy to an increasingly larger Crawford Girl reunion!
Love you, and miss you, Jo!
🐾💞
laurie

Lauren Bradley

Posted at 09:40am
Lauren & Kurtis Bradley (Florida)
We met Joanne and Mark (along with Otis - their dog, since passed), while working for them on their house here in Florida (Riverwoods). We learned
of her unexpected passing when I called them (unknowingly the Day Of her passing), for clarification on their summer kitchen countertops, which we are currently working on. I was shocked, and lost it. I had JUST spoken to her days earlier. We loved Joanne, she was such a wonderful human being. This world has lost one of the most Gracious, Classy, fun loving, kind, sincere, Loving women we have ever met! Our prayers and virtual hugs go out to Mark, and the rest of her family whom she Dearly Loved. She will be sorely Missed.
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