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Isabella Pflieger

Isabella Pflieger

August 20, 1932 October 24, 2020

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Obituary for Isabella Ramsay Pflieger (Watson)

Isabella Ramsay Watson Whyte Pflieger died peacefully on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in the company of her family, surrounded by their love.
Ella was born August 20, 1932 in her grandmother’s home in Rattray, Scotland and grew up in Clunie, Scotland. Her parents were Isabella (nee Ramsay) and William Watson. She always maintained a fierce love for her homeland and regaled her family and friends with stories.
She emigrated to Canada in 1954 with her husband Alan Whyte (Bankfoot, Scotland).
Ella stayed home to raise their three daughters. During this time she was an active volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada, canvassed for charities, worked on elections and for the Census. Once the girls were in their teens, Ella went back to work, working in the dining room of Hillfield-Strathallan College, Hamilton, until her retirement in 1997.
In 1989, Ella married Alexander Pflieger of Mount Hope, Ontario.
Ella had a way with people. She was forthright, outgoing and smart. She was a ball of energy. She was warm-hearted. She was always welcoming. She had a strong sense of right and wrong. As her daughter you could never complain about your mum because your friends all loved her.
Ella loved her garden. Many people would stop to admire the gardens she created in her beloved home on Mountain Crest Avenue in Hamilton. She also loved the opportunities for a “wee blether” that it gave her.
Ella was predeceased by both husbands. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Gallagher (Harry), Maureen Rockwood, and Eileen Jones-Whyte (Mark) and her grand-children, Alison, Blair, Shannon, Reilly, Naomi and Ramsay. She is also survived by her step-sons Kirk and Mark (Tammy) Pflieger and step-grandchildren Spencer (Jessica and great granddaughter Zoe) and Paige, as well as by her siblings in Scotland, Jeannie Paul, William Watson (Margaret) and Irene Mackie (William).
When the pandemic restrictions allow, a memorial service will be held in Chedoke Presbyterian Church in Hamilton.
If you desire to give a donation in memory of Ella, we ask that you consider the Alzheimer's Society of Canada or the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Condolences, tributes and donations can be made online at www.zohrfuneralhome.com

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Isaac

Dear Shannon and family
Please accept my sincere condolences for the lost of your loved mom and grandma Isabelle Ramsay Pflieger. May her Rest In Peace.
Comment | Posted at 09:25pm via Condolence
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Donna Leroux

Maureen, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. She has led quite the life, born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada and raised a beautiful family. I see from her photo where you get your infectious smile from, may your heart be filled of memories and love of a life lived not lost....Donna Leroux
Comment | Posted at 08:32am via Condolence
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Hilda Rodger

I have known Ella Whyte (as I still think of her) since I was a little girl. My parents emigrated to Canada from Scotland when I was seven. The Whytes had arrived in Canada several years before us and my parents knew them, as we were from Bankfoot. They were good friends to our family and I have many fond memories of visiting them at their home 'up the mountain' in Hamilton and of outings, with 'the Whyte girls' and their mum and dad, to places around Ontario. Ella was a good and supportive friend to my dear Mum.
And when, as a teenager, my Dad and I were in the midst of a lengthy 'battle of wills' because he wanted his 'bright lass' to go to university, whilst I wanted to work with horses, Ella was on my side ... I will never forget overhearing the conversation she had with my Dad, when she stuck up for me and calmly, but firmly in the usual Ella fashion. It did the trick - Jack gave in!
I decided to return to Scotland when I was nineteen and have only been back to Canada twice in the fifty years since - but no prizes for guessing who was at the top of my 'must visit' list both times? Yes, it was Ella of course!
That dear lady has kept in touch with me via a Christmas card containing a handwritten Christmas letter every single year while she was still able. Since then, Eileen has very kindly kept me up-to-date via email.
I still have two cards propped up on the filing cabinet next to my computer desk, which Ella sent me when my life got tough a few years ago. Inside them are copies of inspirational poems in Ella's neat handwriting.
I've lost count of the number of times in recent years that I have thought to myself, "Wish I could wave a magic and be sitting next to Ella having a chat".
Cathy, Maureen, Eileen and all of Ella's family and friends are in my thoughts as I type this.
Fly high over that rainbow bridge nice lady.
Comment | Posted at 06:30am via Condolence
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Jessica Hassey

The love of gardening is a seed once sown never dies- Gertrude Jekyll. Thanks for sowing the seed. Love always,
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Jessica Hassey

Oh Isabel.... no words can properly express how much you've meant to me. From the day I met you almost 40 years ago and for the rest of my life, I will cherish the memories and wisdom I have from you. You started my love of gardening by giving me my very first plant to start my very own garden when I was 5,

It was a bleeding heart. Poetic as I sit here, with a broken heart writing on your memorial wall. I know you are at rest and enjoying the company of all your loved ones who passed before you. Until we meet again my friend xoxo
Comment | Posted at 05:56pm via Condolence
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