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Birth Name Best, Phyllis Beatrice
Nick Name (Aunty) Phyl
Gender female
Age at Death 63 years


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1922     3a
Birth     USA; 1922? from scanned Gurney Family Tree 9/2013  
Residence 1935 St John, Newfoundland, Canada Power or Powis St, St John's West 3a
Event Note

1935 Census Newfoundland and Labrador:
Best: Eliza. Residing at 63 Power/Powis St is Eliza Best, 73 Widow*, and her son George 29, who is a Labourer. They use 3 rooms of the home Eliza owns, and have lodgers at $10/month - Lloyd and Mary Bursey (27 and 22) and they use 2 rooms. Lloyd is a Grocer at ?Bowrings? and he has earned $600 in the last year. George and he has earned $50 in the last year. Eliza's house is worth $2000.

Residing at 63a Power/Powis St is Eliza's son Seebert (transcribed Seaward) 43, and his wife Minnie 44, and their six children: Evelyn 20, Edith 18, Myrtle 17, Irene 16, Phyllis 13, Wallace 9, and Violet 6. Seebert is a Clerk ant the Express Office and he has earned $1080 in the last year. They also pay rent of $10/month for 7 rooms - possibly to their mother.

No-one owns a radio.

* implies date of death for George before 1935

Marriage about 1945   to Ken Gurney - see Note 4
Event Note

"Phyl was a Newfie**. Was a CWAC - Corporal Best - already [when the war broke out?]. She was going out with, and possibly engaged to, a Seaman who was torpedoed. She went over to meet his family anyway, and met Ken [Gurney] on the ship returning from flight training in Canada. When Ken came home on furlough [to Watford] there was a letter waiting from Corporal Best (who the family didn't realise was female!). Phyl came down with tonsilitis and was in hospital in Leesdon near Watford, so she came for a week's R&R with the Gurneys!!

They were married in Watford around 1945. Phyl delayed her demobilisation after the war until Ken was demobbed, then they went to Newfoundland.   ref: CWEJL

** [from Newfoundland]

Death 1985   from scanned Gurney Family Tree 9/2013  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Best, Seebert1892
Mother Adams, Minnie Emma1891
    Sister     Best, Evelyn Madeline 1915
    Sister     [Living], [Living]
    Sister     Best, Mona Myrtle 1918
    Sister     Best, Irene Louise 1919
         Best, Phyllis Beatrice 1922 1985
    Brother     [Living], [Living]
    Sister     [Living], [Living]


Family of Gurney, Kenneth Ronald and Best, Phyllis Beatrice

Married Husband Gurney, Kenneth Ronald ( * 1925-09-22 + 2004-07-19 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
[Living], [Living]
Gurney, Pamela Joyce1950-09-112003-10-01

Source References

  1. Vera (Gurney) Stuart via E J Leader: Gurney Family - Vera Stuart via EJL
  2. Kenneth Ronald Gurney: K R Gurney Family Tree 9/2013 (scanned)
  3. Department of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.: Newfoundland Census 1935
      • Page: St John's West District, p. 198, household ID , reference ID , Department of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; FHL microfilm 2,166,828; The Bests - Newfoundland Census 1935 record-image_TH-1951-40935-34054-85.jpg
  4. S J Leader: Conversations with E J Leader - notes, Sept 2013