Phyllis Elizabeth Howarth, 90, of Minden, Ontario, Canada, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.

Phyllis Elizabeth Howarth

Friends may call on the family of Phyllis Elizabeth (Gibbs) Howarth, 90, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Minden United Church, No. 21 Newcastle St., Minden, Ontario, Canada, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. and a reception will follow.

Mrs. Howarth died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at the Hyland Crest Senior Citizens Home, Minden, Ontario, Canada.

She loved to cook, give dinner parties and have a good chat. She was a master seamstress who taught dressmaking, and she created at least three small businesses, including a house wares boutique in her home in Dover, The Main Stay B&B in Smyrna and the Stone House B&B in Minden.

For 60 years, Mrs. Howarth’s life was divided between her winter home in Delaware and summer in Minden on a remaining piece of the old farm on which she’d been born. She built her cottage at Kennisis Lake, and, with the help of her family, the six buildings on her Stone House property.

She also loved to travel and saw most of North America and much of the rest of the world with Bill Hudson, her partner of 20 years. She collected souvenirs wherever she went.

Mrs. Howarth loved to work hard, to cut down a tree, to build a stone wall, to hammer together another building, to dig a new garden, to lay another Persian carpet, and at the end of the day to enjoy a scotch and cook a good meal, preferably grilled over an open fire.

She was born to a mixed family of Gibbs, Pritchard, Prentice and Sisson, all of whom were from the Haliburton area. Her beloved brother, Bruce Gibbs of Wilberforce, is the last survivor of her immediate family of 11 brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Howarth is survived by her three children, Graham and his wife Carolyn, Jennifer, and Marshall and his wife Lind; six grandchildren, Katie, Peter, Mark, Matthew, Celeste and Tonya; and nine great-grandchildren.

She lived with zest and style, and was a friend and mentor to young and old.

The family would like to thank all the PSW’s from CCAC, the staff at Hyland Crest, and close friends and neighbors, all of whom loved and supported Mrs. Howarth.

Memorial donations to the YWCA-Haliburton Emergency Rural Safespace or World Vision would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.