Edith Margaret (McGregor) Fletcher, formerly of Queensville, West Gwillimbury and Baxter, in her 94th year, passed away peacefully at IOOF, Barrie on October 27, 2021, just 5 months after her darling husband, Angus Fletcher.
She leaves behind 3 children,10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Proud mother of Mary Harris (Ron), Catherine (Ken) and James (Sharon). Proud Grandma to Ian, Alex (Serenity), Patrick, Mitchell, Margaret, Sheena, Neil (Karen), Cate, James jr. (Hillary)and Jessica (Zack). Great grandmother to McKinnon. Predeceased by her daughter Margaret (1994), and son-in-law John Hoving (2003).
Edith was born at Ballyourigan, South Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland, on the wild shores of the West Highlands. Raised by a devoted aunt and uncle, Mary (McGregor) and William Auchterlonie, Edith spent part of her childhood in the city of Dunfermline but was happiest in the quiet places of Knapdale where her McMillan ancestors had been for centuries. Her McGregors came from Balquhidder in Perthshire; Rob Roy McGregor’s country. Edith spent a lot of time living and working on Ardnaw, the Knapdale farm of her relative, Lizzie Anderson. During that time, she met Angus Fletcher who was working with his father on the nearby farm of Lochead. After that first meeting on a heather field in the 1940’s, Edith and Angus “courted” for several years before marrying in 1962. Mary and Catherine were born to them in Scotland, and James and Margaret in Canada. Angus maintained that his two best decisions were marrying Edith and coming to Canada. Although neither of them ever forgot their Scottish roots, Edith and Angus always spoke of the wonderful opportunities that Canada had given to their family.
Edith was a lady of quiet strength with many talents. She was a gifted artist, winner of numerous prizes for her flowers in both Scotland and Canada, a true nature lover, a great baker in the old Scottish style and skilled in sewing, darning and crochet. We will miss her lovely Highland accent; her sparkling blue eyes and her belly laughs at physical comedy movies.
Our family wants to thank Edith’s surrogate family at the IOOF for their outstanding care over the last 2 and a half years. Mum and Dad loved and appreciated the excellent care they both received there. They were never treated like “patients”, but instead like family members. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to IOOF Seniors Home in Barrie.
Celebration of Life to take place when circumstances permit. Later, Edith and Angus will be going home to rest in the centuries old Fletcher plot, in Dalmally, Scotland.
Fois dhut, Grandma.