Abercrombie, Phyllis Eliza

Phyllis passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Meaford Hospital on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the age of 87.

Born in Sydenham Township on June 13, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Vera (nee McDonald) Johnstone.

Phyllis was predeceased by her beloved husband Donald Abercrombie on September 7, 2016.

She was the loving and supportive mother of Gayle and her husband David Milliner of Dundalk, Shirley Abercrombie of Whitehorse, Yukon, David Abercrombie of Fort Frances, Glen Abercrombie and his wife Cathy of Ariss and Sandra and her husband Rick Lawler of Markdale.

Phyllis was the proud Grandma of Ashleigh Cowan (Neil) and their children Weston, Addy and Aly, Lynsey Milliner, Grant Milliner, Jacob Abercrombie (Maddi), Sarah Abercrombie (Sam), Christine Verbuyst (Mitch) and Mark Lawler.

Family was very important to Phyllis and she loved the time she spent with them all.   She was a hard worker and worked alongside her husband Don on the farm for many years.  Phyllis enjoyed sewing, quilting and playing cards.  Her church family was very important to her and she looked forward to catching up with her friends at coffee hour.  Family holidays were often spent in the camper seeing different parts of Canada with the children when they were young.  She and Don continued to travel together when they retired.

Family will receive friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Monday, July 11, 2022 from 4 until 7 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the Meaford United Church on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 11 o’clock with a reception following.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Monday, July 11, 2022
Visiting at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford from 4 until 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 11:00 AM
Service at Meaford United Church

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation
Make a donation in memory of Phyllis Eliza Abercrombie


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Cherie Ron murray
    Friday, July 8, 2022

    Thought and prayers to David and family
    Had many chats and stories by Phyllis and Don where great neighbors
    Rip Phyllis say hi to Don for us
    God bless

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  2. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Friday, July 8, 2022

    My condolences to Phyllis’s family. Phyllis and Don farmed behind us for many years and we often chased each other’s cows home when they broke through the fence! I reconnected with Phyllis at our church coffee time and had some memorable conversations with her. Phyllis was very interested in what our Sunday School was doing and she supported their fundraisers generously.
    Phyllis will be missed at Meaford United and will be fondly remembered for her hard work and commitment and a life well lived.

    Jennifer Dorgelo

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  3. Leigh Anne Boese
    Friday, July 8, 2022

    Dear Sandra
    Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother to you and your family.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Take Care, Leigh Anne

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  4. Debbie & Stuart Pegg
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    Dear All of Phyllis’ children & grandchildren,
    Your mom was the lovely lady who sewed Stuart & Debbie’s bridesmaid dresses when we got married over 45 years ago. She had little children at the time so some of you may remember how busy your mom must have been.
    Also she had been a 4H leader for the St Vincent girls cooking/sewing clubs. Dorothy Snell will remember helping lead these clubs also with Phyllis. We have fond memories of learning with/from both of them.
    Most recently Phyllis & I had had a long chat
    on the phone. It was the Sat night b/f Father’s Day & we had planned to go for a coffee – soon.
    She had told me of her granddaughter’s upcoming wedding in Gueloh. She was looking forward to that occasion!
    I will miss her & remember her forever. ♡♡♡♡♡
    Love & prayers for her family,
    Debbie (nee Kerr) & Stuart Pegg

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  5. Darlene Turner
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    Dear Sandra, Gayle and your families.
    Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs and support at this difficult time.
    In Friendship
    Darlene Turner

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  6. Jan Schultz
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    I first met Phyllis when she worked at the fabric shop on main street. She always knew what would work and what would not and how much to buy. She was a great lady. I am sure you will all miss her. Sincere condolences at this time. Jan Schultz

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  7. Dorothy Henderson
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    Hi Abercrombie family: Your Mom/Grandma was a first cousin to our Mom (Edna Johnson Brown). Although some of us have not stayed in touch as second cousins, I have fond memories of your Mom. A few years ago she visited at my brother and sister-in-laws farm (Stewart and Nancy Brown) on New Year’s Day. Your Mom had come with Laura and Greg. What a lovely time we had. She had a lively sense of humour, a bright wit, was interested in people and raved about my butterscotch bread pudding. We also had a long heart-to-heart about how much she missed your father, so it is consoling that they are now re-united. Peace be with you in this time. Dorothy Brown Henderson, Waterloo, ON

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  8. Verna Hindle
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    My condolences to Phyllis’ family. When my parents first moved to Meaford, one of my Mother’s first considerations, was to make sure she could find a 4-H Homemaking Club to be part of to carry on “learning homemaking” and of course, collecting 4-H Coffee Spoons for completed courses. Phyllis was one of my leaders and a good one, for sure. In the last few decades, your parents were “regulars” at church, and they always enjoyed chatting and generously always interested in how one was doing. Both your parents were always so willing to assist at church events and reminded me of my parents with their sharing and caring ways. I am glad to have been in their company, through some small part of their life. I can only hope to be as supported to one’s family and community as both your parents were for so many years, My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

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  9. Marlene and Murray Ward
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    Sandra ,Rick, Christine, Mitch, Mark and rest of family
    Our sincere deepest sympathies to you all on the passing of Your MOM, keep the many memories close to you heart. May you find consolation, that friends are thinking of you all at this time

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  10. Marion Mower
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    I spent many pleasant hours working on quilts with Phyllis and will miss her so very much. My heart aches for her family, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of this wonderful woman.
    Marion Mower

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  11. Art Ford
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    Phyllis (and Don) were an important part of the 11th line community when I was a child. I barely remember the time that she was not known to me. She was a wonderful person who impacted many in a positive way. Our condolences to each of you. Art and Ruby Ford.

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  12. Donna Pennington
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    The Abercrombie family were great neighbours and friends of the Ford family . Phyllis taught me 4H and although she was busy with her family she always had time and patience for our sewing challenges! I will always remember her beautiful smile. Condolences to all the family at this very hard time. Donna Pennington ne Ford

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    1. Gayle Milliner
      Thursday, July 14, 2022

      Thanks for your kind words Donna, think often of all the neighbours on the 11 th line, Joyce Mills led the service for mom, she would have been very pleased….so glad to catch up with old friends after service, Dennis Bumstead, Wayne Brown, Larry had his mom Florence Brown there too…Debbie Kerr ..Hope you are doing well too, thanks for reaching out Take care

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  13. Fran Austin
    Saturday, July 9, 2022

    My condolences to Phyllis’ family. Very sad to hear of her passing. I often picked Phyllis up to play cards. I know what a great seamstress she was. A lovely lady!

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  14. Ivan Brown
    Sunday, July 10, 2022

    I was only a young boy the first time I met Phyllis. She was still a teenager then and living with her parents on the farm. My Grandma (Aunt Ettie) went for a visit and she took me along as I was “holidaying” with her. Phyllis and some friends had gone to Sauble Beach the day before and I guess they were not too used to the sun because they all came back with bad sunburns! Phyllis was walking around as sore as we all know a bad sunburn can be, but even then she was smiling and joking about it. My first impression of my Mom’s first cousin was, wow, what a nice cheerful person!
    Throughout the years our lives grew apart, but during the times our paths did cross Phyllis always remained her “nice cheerful person”. I appreciated that she remembered our early days, humble as they were, with acceptance and fondness, yet she always remembered to ask about the present.
    I am sure she will be sadly missed but very fondly remembered.

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  15. SallyAnn Longfello
    Sunday, July 10, 2022

    There are some people who just don’t live long enough. Phyllis was my neighbour and devoted member of my congregation. She was known to help peel tomatoes . Her last great act of kindness happened during COVID. My daughter and the other nurses were in need of scrub hats asap. Phyllis was one of those volunteers who came to the rescue and with in one week the nurses had close to 80 scrub hats. Oh how she will be missed by the church. The quilting group counted on Phyllis to make the pattern for the hand sewing. Often she would look around at ordinary objects like a luncheon plate, She created beautiful designs with simple things. That was Phyllis very talented loving and kind. Never needing any credit but always willing to help. I was so grateful to have her in my congregation and neighbour. Well done Phyllis until we meet in paradise. Rev SallyAnn

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  16. Frank & Janet Bassingthwaite
    Sunday, July 10, 2022

    To Gayle, Shirley, David, Glen, Sandra and families
    Janet and I were very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady who we knew for many years. Janet particularly remembers her from time spent together at the Pin Cushion. We always enjoyed chatting with her and your dad. May your many good memories be of comfort to you at this time.

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  17. Betty-Jo Almond
    Monday, July 11, 2022

    Sending our condolences to Gayle and Dave Milliner and family. We hope you find comfort in the many memories you have shared.
    AgSights Staff and Board of Directors

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  18. Betty-Jo Almond
    Monday, July 11, 2022

    Glen, Cathy, Jake (Maddi), Sarah (Sam),
    Our condolences. We are thinking of all of you and hope the many great times you have shared brings comfort in the days to come.
    Jeff, Betty-Jo, Hailey and Joseph

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  19. Jean Henderson
    Monday, July 11, 2022

    Thinking of everyone at this time….

    Ian and Jean Henderson

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  20. Dennis Bumstead
    Monday, July 11, 2022

    I first met Phyllis when she and Don were dating and after they got married Phyllis was my Sunday School teacher at St John’s United church when I was just a kid. Phyllis and Don were our neighbours on the 11th line – neighbors to my parents and then also neighbours to Elaine and I when we returned to the area to take up dairy farming. Gail started in Grade 1 when I was in Grade 8 at the one-room country school. Phyllis was a great worker in the community and appreciated by all.
    Our sincere condolences to the family.

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  21. Gérard Therrien
    Monday, July 11, 2022

    My deepest sympathies to the Abercrombie family.

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  22. John & Janet Moore
    Tuesday, July 12, 2022

    Condolences to Gayle and all the families.

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  23. Alan and Jo-Ann
    Tuesday, July 12, 2022

    Sincere condolences are extended to Phyllis’ family at this final passage of her life on earth.
    She was such a lovely lady and she will be remembered always with fond memories.

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  24. Rose Scarrow
    Tuesday, July 12, 2022

    To the Abercrombie family (Gayle, Shirley, David, Glen, Sandra and families):

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My condolences to you all. May God wrap His arms of comfort around you and bring you peace, at this time. Blessings on you!!!!

    Rose

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  25. Ruth Edmonstone
    Wednesday, July 13, 2022

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. Phyllis sat in front of me at church and she was so lovely and welcoming. We had great chats. She will be missed by her church family as well.

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  26. Mary Ann Palmer
    Friday, July 15, 2022

    We are sending our sincerest condolences to the Abercrombie family and extended families.
    Mrs Abercrombie was always welcoming and friendly, Al spoke very highly of you Mom and dad and always had a great respect for her quilting talents.
    We hope you find peace in knowing your Dad was there to greet her as she was welcomed home with the Lord.
    Thinking of you and holding you up in prayer as you walk through this chapter.
    Mary Ann(Al), Adam and Jim Palmer

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