Phyllis Christian

Phyllis Christian

Wednesday, February 3rd, 1937 - Saturday, June 20th, 2020
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"Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knowwth God." -- I John 4:7 KJV

It is with great sadness that the family of Phyllis Odessa Christian (nee Walrond), announce her peaceful passing, in her home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 20, 2020. She was 83 years old. She is survived by her sister Olga Jones, children Michael J. Christian, Michelle L. Christian and Melanie A. Christian, grandchildren Jahvon Christian and Khannun M. Christian.

Born February 3, 1937 to Everton Walrond and Gladys Walrond nee. Ellcock, formerly of Christchurch, Barbados, in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Phyllis Christian was the second youngest of five children, Gordon Walrond, Ottis Walrond, Olga Jones nee. Walrond, and Gladys Walrond. Mrs. Christian moved to Toronto after completing her schooling in Nova Scotia. In Toronto, she worked at Bell Canada and quickly moved up from telephone operator to management. When Phyllis was 24, she married, and after praying diligently for 7 years, finally had three children.

Not long after the birth of her second child, a daughter, Phyllis chose to dedicate her life to being a full-time, stay-at-home mother. By the time her third child was in school, another girl, she was volunteering at her daughter's school, McMurrich Elementary School. Phyllis always had a great love of children, and the McMurrich school children adored having her assist the school librarian, patiently read them stories, and accompany them on school outings.

Mrs. Christian was well-known throughout the Toronto midtown neighbourhoods of Humewood-Cedarvale and Bracondale Hill/Hillcrest, as a happy, gregarious, devoted Christian, lovingly protective mother of three, and grandmother of three boys. Phyllis and her children regularly attended the Bracondale Gospel Hall at its old site on Tyrrel Avenue near Arlington Avenue for over two decades. Aside from spending the gospel and raising her children, Phyllis' great loves and joys in life were dogs, baking, knitting, the colour green, tending to her vegetable garden, and most of all, singing gospel hymns and "making a joyful noise unto the Lord".

We lovingly remember our vibrant sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, neighbour and friend. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another..." (1 John 1:7 KJV),

Please join the family in celebrating the life of Phyllis O. Christian at Beechwood Cemetery, 7241 Jane Street, City of Vaughan, just off of Hwy. 407 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm. For those unable to attend the service in person, please see below for a shareable Zoom link. Flowers in memory of Phyllis Christian may be sent to Bernardo Funeral Home 2960 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 3S9.

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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 12:00pm
    Beechwood Cemetery
    7241 Jane Street
    Concord, Ontario L4K 1A7
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  • Interment

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 12:00pm
    Beechwood Cemetery
    7241 Jane Street
    Concord, Ontario L4K 1A7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Melanie Christian

Posted at 06:01pm

"Hi Melanie and all the Christian family,

... It was an honour to say a few words on your behalf for your good mother. Her singing seemed to be a highlight and this indicates a happy, joyful spirit, despite the difficulties of life. She drew her strength from the Lord.

I pray that God will be with each of you and give the comfort that is needed in this time of loss. While death is the normal cycle of our lives it is never easy. 

The bless and keep you,
Love in Christ,
Bryan Joyce"


Deborah Peloso

Posted at 04:13pm
Michelle, Melanie and Michael...I'm sorry to hear about your mom. You certainly chose the best photo of her essence..sweet and always smiling.
To me she was a Saint. She led me to Bracondale and then to The Lord. No friend could offer a better gift.
I look forward to meeting her again on the beautiful shore and giving her the biggest thankful hug!

Posted at 01:36pm
Dearest nieces, nephew, and the Christian family, you have my & the Jones family's deepest sympathy on the lost of my sister and your mom Phyllis. She's had a long journey on this earth. I'll treasure our last visit with her in Toronto, as we also was visiting on behalf of losing our baby sister Gladdie at that time. May she find peace and comfort as she passes onto the heavens.

Cheryl Walrond Fryatt

Posted at 12:13pm
Our most sincere condolences to each member of the Christian family for the loss of Your dear Phyllis our Aunt. Our prayers are with each one of you & we are sending all our love. God be with You all!❤️


Posted at 10:00pm
I’m so sorry to hear about your mum’s passing. I was just thinking of you all this past weekend; no kidding!!!

Remembering growing up together and going to church with your family, winning a bible at church, the picnic at centre island.Michael, Michelle, Melanie- your mom was awesome.❤️ I’m so grateful for having known her and her warmth. Sending you all great big hugs.

I wonder if it was your moms passing that brought back all those memories for me. I would not make this up.

Also appreciated the memory of you mom loving the colour green. She sure did. What a beautiful spirit she was. Phyllis, thank you for sharing your love and light. We will all carry it forward in us and keep sharing with others too. 🙏

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