Phyllis Springall

Dec 27, 1910 - May 4, 2013


Phyllis Avis Springall

Born December 27, 1910 in Mysore, India, died May 4, 2013 at the age of 102 of natural causes. Phyllis, born and raised in India, moved to England in 1948 where she raised two children, Verna and Euan with her husband, James Springall. Phyllis immigrated to Sacramento in 1982 after James’ death and lived with her daughter, Verna, and son-in-law, Kenneth Thompson, for 31 years in Rancho Cordova, California. For the last 7 months, Phyllis resided at the Walnut House in Carmichael, California.

Phyllis travelled the world with her husband and always enjoyed meeting new people and sharing her experiences. An avid bridge player, Phyllis also enjoyed oil painting, knitting beautiful sweaters, fashion and all animals. She loved sitting amongst the 100+ rose bushes in her daughter’s back yard and often painted the beautiful flowers. Her greatest pride and joy was her family. She never missed a family celebration and took genuine interest in all her family’s pursuits. She is survived by her daughter, Verna Thompson (Kenneth) of Rancho Cordova; son, Euan Royle (Cynthia) of Thetford, England; grandson, Stephen Thompson (Angela) of Denver, Colorado; her granddaughter Alyson Wagstaff (Bruce) of Sacramento; granddaughter SallyAnn Bullock (Jerry) of Thetford, England; and grandson, James Royle of Norwich, England. Also survived by 10 great grand children and 7 great great grand children and many friends.

Phyllis lived a healthy and charmed life to the end. Her laughter, sense of humor, strength of character and positive spirit will be with us the rest of our lives and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation in Phyllis’ name to Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary


  • Elizabeth Wagstaff says:

    Words can’t describe how much I miss you great grandma! An amazing and inspirational women that I am so lucky to have spent 16 years of my life with. So many memories with you that I will always remember and will always make me smile:) I will never forget the stories and words of wisdom you shared with me. Unbelievable how you lived 102 years of a great life and you were strong until the end. You have inspired me to follow in your footsteps and be the strong caring women you proved to be. You will be missed but always remembered 🙂 love you so much great grandma.

  • Kathryn Wagstaff says:

    You were always so upbeat, active, and funny and I will always remember you like that. You have made such a huge impact on my life. It’s seems like yesterday we were playing with Barbies together, tying you up in a chair, playing with your hair, knitting together, reading books together, telling stories, and laughing together. I’m so lucky to have had you in my life these past 19 years. I know you have had an amazing 102 years here on Earth, but I know you are finally at peace and will always be with us in spirit. We all love you! Mis you every day. Love your great granddaughter, Kathryn

  • Sarah Wagstaff says:

    At 102 years old and as healthy as can be, I always thought you would be with us for ever. I feel so blessed to have spent 19 years growing up with you and have memories to last a lifetime. I will always remember when I was young, tying you up to the chair on the porch and running around you laughing while you “struggled” to get free, walking to the park down the street to jump off the rocks, playing so so many card games, hearing you laugh and tell jokes, and celebrating your amazing birthdays every year. It’s hard to believe that just at the end of spring break in March, I was walking with you and holding your hand, and telling you all about my first year in college. You were an amazing, strong woman, and everyone who met you, loved you. I have never met a more determined and strong-willed person, and you will continue to be an inspiration for me even if I can only see you in my dreams. I miss you so much. RIP Grandma

  • Alyson Wagstaff says:

    I think of you every day and think about all the things we did together ever since I can remember over the last 50 years! You are in the fabric of my being and I will always remember your laugh and smile. I miss you everyday. Your loving granddaughter, Alyson.

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