Phyllis Elaine (Engemoen) Halldorson
July 19, 1927 - March 25, 2016
Phyllis Elaine Engemoen was born in the Wadena Hospital on July 19, 1927, to Halvor and Matilda Engemoen. She departed this world from the Wadena Hospital on March 25, 2016, at the age of 88.
Phyllis grew up on the family farm two miles east of Paswegin. She began her education at Tiger Lily and completed it at Paswegin. At 15 she was thrown from a horse and sustained injury which led to surgery and several lengthy hospital stays. This made further education impossible. At 17 she went to Moose Jaw and found work in the hospital, but ended up being a patient herself until she was well enough to be sent back to Wadena Hospital.
When her mother returned to teaching, Phyllis helped out at home until she went to Flin Flon, where she met Lloyd Halldorson, who had gone there after the War to work at H.B.M.&S. They were married on March 27, 1948, and Flin Flon was their home for the next 30 years. Phyllis worked at Pop Iannone's Dry Cleaning and the Co-op Store for a time but mostly stayed home and ran a tidy ship! Phyllis and Lloyd had no family so her nieces and nephews became her own and she loved them all dearly and prayed for each one on a daily basis.
Due to a heart attack forcing Lloyd into early retirement, they moved to Quill Lake in 1978. Phyllis's desire had been to become a nurse and although illness prevented this, it didn't stop her from becoming a compassionate care giver. Over the next years she cared for her mother, her husband, her father and her brother Ray. She had a deep concern not only for her family but for all her friends and neighbours as well. She kept in touch with all by phone or letter, checking on each one's well being. Her compassion also extended to the animal kingdom, whether tame or wild. As a girl she could often be seen with a chick in one hand and an eye dropper and a bottle of Dr. Bell's in the other, nursing the chick back to health.
While in Flin Flon, Phyllis came to know the Lord on a deep and personal level and her faith sustained her until her last day. In the Bible, Jesus said the two greatest commandments were "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and love your neighbour as yourself." Phyllis kept these commands as far as it is humanly possible to do.
Phyllis was always busy, keeping a spotless house, turning out delicious meals and fancy baking, producing embroidered and crocheted articles with every stitch perfect. Many of you know of her artistic ability having received at Christmas beautifully decorated envelopes, sometimes with hand-drawn cards inside.
Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Halvor and Matilda Engemoen; her husband Lloyd Halldorson; brothers, Carrol, Ray and Don Engemoen; nephew Hal Johnson; and great-nephew Liam Engemoen.
Left to miss her forever are sisters, Shirley (Allan) Kvemshagen and Doris (Raymond) Johnson; nephews, Sean (Malory) Engemoen, Kenneth (Sandra) Kvemshagen, Bradley and Carl Engemoen and three special nephews on Lloyd's side, Terry, Barry and Keith Lofgren, and their families; nieces, Lisa (Dale) Ewen, Karen (Delmar) De Corby, Karel (Glen) Larson, Sherry (Gary) Boland, Laurel Swerhun and their families; 10 great-nephews, six great-nieces, three great, great-nephews, five great, great-nieces, the youngest of whom is named Braelyn Phyllis Grace; and a host of friends, both far and near.