Martha Phibbs

Obituary of Martha Jean Phibbs

Phibbs, Martha

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Martha Jean Phibbs on Thursday February 3rd, 2022. With her family by her side, Martha passed away peacefully at Welland County Hospital at the age of 76. Martha is survived by her loving husband Dwight of 58 years, and children Rick (Sherry), Penny Amadio (Mike) and Jim (Stephanie) and a brother, Tom Woehl.

Mom was an extremely proud Grandmother to Justin, Corey, Lauren, Brianne, Faith, Craig, and Blake. She was also a Great Grandmother, blessed with nine great grandchildren who will deeply miss her, Salem, Lachlan, Omri, Benjamin, Henry, Sawyer, Olive, Luca, and Westin.

Born on July 14, 1945, in Fort Erie, Ontario, she was raised by her parents Glenn and Jacqueline Woehl, on Ellen Street and later Pettit Road. She attended school at Wintemute Street, Bowen Road, and later Fort Erie High School.

While in grade 11, Martha met a young man whom she was destined to spend the rest of his life with, Dwight Phibbs. Growing up on a small country farm, with parents who worked hard for everything they had, she was the perfect mate to Dwight, appreciating and understanding the long days and hours required to make a living from construction. On November 23rd, 1963, Dwight at the age of 19, and Martha at the tender age of 18, wed at St. John’s United Church. They have been together ever since, recently celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary.

With a wife at home and a secure job in construction, a family ensued. Rick, born in 1965, Penny in 1971, Jim in 1975. A fourth child, Corey, died at the age of seven months in July 1970.

You cannot go through a business career as an owner which spanned 50 years and not experience points and times of tremendous adversity and live through situations which test your resolve. Despite countless encounters through their ownership lives dealing with good and bad times, Martha, at each turn, remained a steadfast believer in her husband, regardless of circumstance, with undeniable resiliency and unbridled devotion. She truly was the wind beneath Dwight’s wings.

Growing up, while Dad worked long days providing for the family, Mom focused on raising her children. She instilled in us from an early age, the virtues of hard work, honesty, commitment, organization, and respect for others. When house chores and jobs were complete, Mom taught us the importance to have fun hanging with friends, playing games, going to a park or out for a lunch. Her message, work hard to complete and maintain what was necessary, after value your effort and appreciate your accomplishment.

Through the years, Martha and Dwight loved to travel. Together, they visited England, Holland, Germany, Austria, Barbados, Florida, Mexico, Nevada, California, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas. Her favorite place that she yearned to go back to, was Walt Disney World.

Martha had an undeniable love for music and dance and to have a good time. She shared her infectious love of music with her grandkids, introducing them to Lou Christie, Gary Puckett, Frankie Valli and Del Shannon. Mom was instrumental in teaching them how to dance and have an appreciation for this era of music.

Williams Funeral Services, 722 Ridge Road North, Ridgeway has been entrusted with arrangements. Cremation has taken place. Due to covid restrictions, a private family memorial service, by invite only, will be held in the chapel on Friday February 18th, 2022, at 11:00am. The memorial service will be live streamed on the Williams Facebook site for all to view.

A celebration of life will take place at a future date when everyone can gather and reminisce Martha’s life.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Arid Recovery would be greatly appreciated by the family. You can donate on line 

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