Phyllis Cathleen Mayers

Phyllis Cathleen Mayers was born on August 3, 1942 in Bridgetown, Barbados to James and Virginia Payne.

As a retired Registered Nurse of Ottawa, she devoted over 45 years in her community. Phyllis was a loving mother, daughter, sister, friend and grandmother.

Since 1960 Ms. Mayers was actively involved with the church serving as a choir member, Eucharistic Minister, and organizer.

She had volunteered extensively with UNICEF, The Barbados Ottawa Association and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. As a result of her many years of service, she received in 1998 the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship; 2001 Volunteer of the Year; and 2002 The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Sadly, she passed away after a long battle with kidney disease.

Her vibrant smile and generous spirit will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the


The graveside service was held at Royal Oak Burial Park on Friday, November 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Please use the link to watch the service.


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  1. Angela m Pinder

    Condolences from our family to her family whom she loved so very much….may you be comforted at this time…may Phyllis rest in peace..

  2. Dear Karen, Andre and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mother’s beautiful spirit and generousity shone in the things she did for her Ottawa community. Your Mom had the most beautiful smile, one that I, we will never forget. Wishing you peace and many blessings from above, love always Yvonne and Nevil 🙏🏽🙏🏽❤

  3. Jan and Chrystal

    Condolences, From Barbados with Love,
    Forever you will remain in our hearts.
    To a wonderful Sister and Auntie Phyllis.
    The loss of someone dear to us is never easy,
    A beautiful soul of love and faith ascended to heaven to be closer to God.
    God will give the family strength to deal with the loss.
    Remembering Psalms chapter 23, The Lord is my Shepherd. Amen.

  4. Hi, thinking of you Karen and family at this time. Your mom was such a wonderful person and an inspiration to many. May you be comforted by the memories that you shared and knowing that she was always so proud of you. With my love and prayers. Wendy

  5. Karen, Andre & family,
    Wanted to reach out and let you know that I’m thinking of you right now. So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom & grandma. My thoughts are with you. May all the memories shared with Phyllis fill your hearts now and for times to come. Take care, Alison Dickson

  6. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one.
    Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss, we pray the love of God enfolds you during this difficult time.
    Richard Hope and family.

  7. Denise Mayers-Mahon

    Karen, Andre, Jamal, Shak and the Payne family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of auntie Phyllis. She was a lovely person and we will always have fond memories of her. We pray that God will comfort the family during this very difficult time. Love Denise and Alfred

  8. Karen, Andre & family. May Auntie Phyllis rise in glory. She gave much and Gods knows all she did on this earth. Rest In Peace. A life of service, well done. Denis & family.

  9. Theresa Johnson

    Karen, Andre, Jamal and Shakir. I give God thanks for the years he lent my sister to us. Rest in Peace Phyllis.

  10. Samantha Mayers - Ling

    Karen , Andre & family
    please accept our sincerest condolences
    for your loss . May you all find some comfort in each other’s embrace at this difficult time . Rest in eternal peace
    auntie Phyllis
    Samantha Mayers- Ling & family

  11. Sharon and Roger

    Karen, condolences to you and your family. Your Mom was such a wonderful, caring person. I remember the chats and laughs we had when I stopped by her house on my way home from work. She loved to talk about you and the boys. She was a proud grandma. She accomplished a lot and made us all proud to be from the Caribbean. May God bless you all at this sad time. You’re in my thoughts.

  12. I am saddened to learn of the passing of Auntie Phyllis, a caring and compassionate woman who played an integral role in helping to raise me in my formative years and more importantly, one who I loved, respected and admired tremendously over the years. The passion and dedication that she put into her community service work in Ottawa was a tireless and unwavering labor of love and support; the accolades received from her contributions are well documented during the time that she so generously and unselfishly gave; a lengthy list of accomplishments worthy of recognition and high praise. To her daughter Karen, words cannot begin to express how you must be feeling during this sensitive time. My prayer for you is that you are able to find the strength and resilience to see you through your loss and eventually be able to reconcile your feelings to focus upon the good times that you shared together. To the rest of Phyllis’s family and friends, know that she is now peacefully at rest, within God’s divine grace and mercy. Her spirit now dwells within us in the memories that we cherish and hold dear within our hearts. R.I.P.🙏🏿

  13. Paul Mayers and family

    Karen and family, our condolences on the passing of Auntie Phyllis. Know that you are in our thoughts. She will be missed.

  14. Hello Karen Andre and family
    I too am saddened at Phyllis’ passing.
    I will always remember her warmth and energy and how she reminded us to always look on the bright side even at the toughest of times.
    She was tireless at those opportunities whenever she was consulted to help others .
    May her memory inspire and may the remembrance of her love be the warm blanket that you will wear.

  15. Karen, Andre and family please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. May the wonderful memories of your mother comfort you all during this sad time.
    Sonia and family

  16. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Phyllis . You were a strong, kind and courageous loving woman. I was proud of how you raised your daughter and still did so much volunteer work. We shared the 2 loving beautiful grandsons together and I know they loved you very much. Karen is like a daughter to me and I love her dearly. God bless and protect your family. Mrs. Nasim.

  17. Karen and Family
    Cling to the great many memories of your mother, Phyllis and they will find their way to heal you.
    Dorothy Brathwaite and Judy St. Hill

  18. Beatrice Osome Kavere Osome

    dear Karen,AndreJamal and Shaki
    So sorry at the home going of your Mom and grandmother .May our Lord give you peace and hope that will meet in the heavenly home one day
    your mama did much for the ccommunityand our nursing proffession here in Ottawa, She is rejoicing with the Angels
    love peac,remain with you

  19. Dear Karen and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences may Phyllis Rest In Peace and rise in Glory,
    I am sadden at the loss of my cousin, may God bless you and the rest of the family at this time of deep sadness.

  20. Sending my darest condolences to Karen and the family. Auntie Phyllis was such a kind soul. Very grateful for the time I had with her. She will be missed.

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