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Phebenell (Phebe) Henry

PHEBENELL (PHEBE) HENRY September 30, 1926 - August 20, 2012 Phebenell Senkler Manley was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was the youngest daughter to Davison and Margaret Ellen Manley, with older siblings Jack and Barbara. Spirited, bright and athletic as a youth, she participated in various sports, notably as a high jumper on the Hudson Bay Track Team. She graduated with her Bachelor of Economics from the University of British Columbia in 1949. On September 8, 1949, Phebe married Robert (Bob) Henry, a Social Worker with a common interest in positive social change. Phebe and Bob lived in Vancouver during their early years of marriage, and then moved to Ontario with their three daughters. She had a deep passion for education and received her Teaching Certificate from Ontario College of Teachers in 1963. Phebe taught for the North York School Board 1963-1972 and for the York School Board 1972-1987. Following her retirement she travelled to China, France and throughout Canada. Phebe moved to Barry's Bay, Ontario to be closer to her eldest daughter and grandchildren, and quickly became an active member of the community; volunteering with the Barry's Bay Library, Adult and Child Literacy Programs, Opeongo Seniors Club, and the Barry's Bay Farmer's Market; playing tennis, swimming, painting, playing bridge, entertaining friends, being a book club member, a rabid CFL football fan (even listening to games on the radio during blackout periods), and spending time with her family. She was a long time believer in social justice. She sought out voices of diversity, supported local and global causes of equality, and treated people of all ages and experiences with kindness and respect. Phebe will be remembered for her energy, warmth and her wonderful wit and sense of humour. Predeceased by husband Robert Henry, brother Jack Manley and sister Barbara Willows. Phebe is survived by daughters Lesley MacDonald (Peter Ritchie) of Combermere, ON, Ann Stuart (John Stuart) of Edmonton, AB, and Ellen Henry (David Rittenhouse) of Victoria BC; grandchildren Anna, Caitlin, Bronwyn, EmmaRose, Gavin, Ian, Alexander, and Graham; great-grandson Leif. The family wish to thank Dr. Bruce Harris, Margaret Atkinson and Maureen Kay for their care for Phebe over many years. In recent years Phebe greatly benefited from the additiional dedicated care of the staff at the Water Tower Lodge, CCAC, St. Francis Memorial Hospital and the Valley Manor. Memorial gathering will be held at a later date. In memory of Phebe, donations to the Community Resource Centre (Killaloe), Inc. Food and Toy Drive and the Madawaska Valley Food Bank would be greatly appreciated by the family. 11697402
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Posted by Angela Lorbetskie (Friend) On Thursday, September 6, 2012
My heart goes out to Phebe's family in their loss.

Phebe was a woman who never really retired- she just changed from teaching in school to teaching everyone, wherever she met them. She never failed to bring a smile to your face and a lift to your heart.

A truly wonderful lady indeed!

Angela Lorbetskie

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