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Phyllis Agnes Jacobson

Phyllis Agnes Jacobson

Female 1918 - 2004  (85 years)

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  • Name Phyllis Agnes Jacobson 
    Born 12 Nov 1918  Ingham, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Residence Abt 1940  16 Glenlea St, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Registration 1943  16 Glenlea St, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Registration 1954  16 Glenlea St, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence Abt 1956  Trinity Beach, Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1957  Mareeba, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 4 Oct 1971  18 Riverview St, Mareeba, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 13 May 2004  Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 13 May 2004  Mareeba Cemetery, Mareeba, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tom (1982) and Phyl (2004) Roy
    Tom (1982) and Phyl (2004) Roy
    Notes 
    • EULOGY - 20th May 2004 - Read by Anne ROY

      Phyllis Agnes ROY -- 12/11/1918 to 13/05/2004

      Thank you all for coming today to celebrate the life of Phyllis Agnes Roy, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to those here today.

      Those who met Mum will remember being touched by her gentleness, her caring for others and her delightful sense of joy and laughter.

      Mum was born Phyllis Agnes Jacobson in Ingham on 12th November 1918, the 4th of 7 children to Edward and Annie Jacobson. Her birthdate was quite significant in that it was the first day of peace after WW1, and her love of peace and harmony was an integral part of her character. She avoided discord, was uncritical and gentle, and without prejudice. She was a very peaceful person to be around.

      Her father died when she was 9 and, as a result, the harsh circumstances of the time necessitated the family being separated for a short while. But there was always a strong family closeness and belonging with Mum and her siblings throughout the rest of their lives.

      She gave that same sense of family closeness to us all in her own family.

      She came to Cairns as a young adult and trained as a nurse at the Cairns Base Hospital. Mum was a slim, elegant, red-headed young woman with a most infectious giggle and a joy of life, who caught the eye of a handsome Irishman named Tom Roy and the rest as they say is history. She was given the nickname of "Ginge" by Dad and those who knew them at that time.

      Their marriage was robust and lively and she was truly his "other half". They had 5 children before moving from Cairns to Mareeba where they became small business owners. After selling the shop, Dad worked from home as a building consultant and Mum settled to a life as a wife and mother with time for her other passion -gardening. A butcher bird that visited her garden regularly season after season was a much appreciated visitor. Her orchids and roses were of source of great pleasure.

      Her social interests included Rotaryannes and Lawn Bowls, and she loved to catch up with her friends at bingo.

      She loved family activities and was always ready to play cards, go fishing, bush walking, picnicking and bird watching. When she travelled anywhere, it was to be with family members. She eagerly looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed any family get-together.

      She took great delight in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and obviously felt that anybody who stood still long enough should hear how interesting and clever they were.

      Her Grandchildren have loving memories of their Grandmother. It was pure delight to visit her, and she would often reminisce about her life in such a way that would bring gales of laughter from us all.

      These times they spent with her will always live in their happiest memories.

      She never learnt to drive, so the job of navigator fell to her on road trips. As a navigator mum left a bit to be desired. When asked "How far away such-and-such a town was?" she would study the strip map for a few moments and reply - "umm, … about half and inch"!!!

      She was terrified of frogs which was a cause of great hilarity in the household, as they would often appear in the toilets in the days before sewerage. The family trade off was that she remove the spiders and we'd remove the frogs.

      Mum and Dad had both been brought up in devoutly religious families which is not uncommon but theirs had a significant difference to most that would test the strongest of marriages from which few would survive. Theirs did. Dad and his family mmigrated from Northern Ireland, they were unwaveringly Protestant. Mum's family had its roots firmly planted in the south of Ireland, they were devoutly Roman Catholic. Over the years they developed their own shared understanding, or religion if you like, that included us and became an integral part of our family life. This belief was both personal and private, based on a strong spiritual belief and an unwavering belief in a benevolent God.

      Dad died suddenly in 1982. That was a difficult time for Mum, losing one's mate without warning, but she came through it with the quiet resolution that was so much a part of her.

      When the family home became too empty of people and too full of memories she moved to a cottage in Dickenson Close. Two of the male residents of other cottages promptly traded in their trucks for cars so they could take Mum shopping and to Bingo, and she made many friends as a result of this move.

      Mum suffered from Strokes and Parkinson's Disease in her 80's, which, although they gradually destroyed her physical abilities, never detracted from her lively wit, intelligence and laughter. Mum spent the last few years in RSL Farnorha, being cared for on a 24-hour basis, and was loved by both residents and staff. She never lost her infectious giggle - even in the last pain-filled days of her life.

      You didn't deserve these last few years, Mum, but you bore them with great fortitude.

      On behalf of the family, I want to express our gratitude for your joyous contribution to our lives, for your constant support and for the way you made our family into such a warm and caring unit. You will always be a part of our lives and will remain much loved by us all.
    Person ID I572  Roy~Royes | Clements, Logan, Russell, Roy, Roy-Manning, Healey-Roy, Roy-Fraser, Elias-Roy
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2011 

    Father Edward Jacobson
              b. 5 Dec 1886, Cardwell, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Sep 1927, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Annie McSherry
              b. 12 Sep 1887, Longreach, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Townsville, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1204  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family Thomas Jamieson Roy
              b. 28 Jul 1915, Larne, Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Jan 1982, Mareeba, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1940  Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jacob Roy
              b. Abt 1941, Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt 1941, Cairns, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. T.E. Roy
     3. A.A. Roy
    +4. P.J. Roy
    +5. P.R. Roy
    +6. M.L. Roy
    Photos
    Peter Roy celebrates 60 with his siblings
    Peter Roy celebrates 60 with his siblings
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004) and children
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004) and children
    from right: Phyl, Tom, Anne - Peney in front
    Roy cousins in Cairns (about 1952)
    Roy cousins in Cairns (about 1952)
    Bruce, Tom, George
    Anne, Marilyn
    Peney, Greg, Robert
    TJ Roy girls
    TJ Roy girls
    Sisters Louise, Irene (sister-in-law), Anne and Peney at the wedding of Peney's son James to Riana
    TJ Roy Siblings 2007
    TJ Roy Siblings 2007
    Peter, Louise and Peney in the rear
    Tom and Anne in the front
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F21  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Nov 1918 - Ingham, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1940 - 16 Glenlea St, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Aug 1940 - Cairns, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - home duties - 1943 - 16 Glenlea St, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRegistration - home duties - 1954 - 16 Glenlea St, Edge Hill, Cairns, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1956 - Trinity Beach, Cairns, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1957 - Mareeba, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 4 Oct 1971 - 18 Riverview St, Mareeba, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 May 2004 - Cairns, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 13 May 2004 - Mareeba Cemetery, Mareeba, QLD, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004)
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004)
    1997
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004)
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004)
    1952
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004)
    Phyl (Jacobson) Roy (1918-2004)

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Ancestry.com, Australian Electoral Rolls 1901-1980.

    2. [S181] QLD State Electoral Roll 1981  Barron River - Mareeba.