Comelia « Milly » Abbott
January 24, 1928 – January 20, 2019
Comelia (Milly) Douglas Abbott passed away after a brief illness following a massive stroke, at the age of 90 years, in the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK, on January 20, 2019. Milly was born January 24, 1928, at Edingight Cottage, Grange, Scotland, the second of five children born to William and Comelia (Farquhar) McAndie. She always said that had she been born a day later, on Robbie Burns’ birthday, her name would have been Roberta. Milly grew up and received her education in the land of her birth, Scotland. After finishing her education, she was employed in the Hotel Industry as a hostess and later in household service. On January 31, 1946, after a brief courtship, she married Leonard (Bob) Abbott, who was serving with the Canadian Armed Forces Overseas. She immigrated to Canada as a war bride, arriving in Weekes, SK, on September 16, 1946.
Together, they took up residence on a farm, which they operated until Bob gained employment with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. They were blessed with and proudly raised their four children: Patricia, Leonard, Ian and Robert. The family moved no less than 10 times over the next 20 years, before arriving in Norquay, SK, in 1966. Having acquired a farm and Bob having retired from the elevator in 1974, they concentrated their efforts on a full-time farming operation until retiring to the town of Norquay in 1992. Their final move was in 2017, when they relocated to Yorkton, where Milly continued to live until the time of her passing. Among her many interests was her membership in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion and later as an associate member and member of the United Church of Canada. She had the honour of being chosen to have her painted portrait as part of the « One Way Passage » across a Canadian and international tour and which is now permanently on display at the National War Museum in Ottawa, ON. In addition, Milly took great pride in her support of all projects in the communities in which she resided and her personal interests such as gardening, cooking and knitting. She was particularly skilled as a knitter and every child in the family or nearly every child in the community in which she lived received a beautiful sweater set or christening shawl when they were born. Essentially, anyone she came in contact with was sure to receive a pair of her knitted winter mitts, as did the young people in the school district and the members of her great-grandson’s hockey team, who not only used them to keep their hands warm, but as a good-luck charm against the opposing team. Despite her years, Milly remained young at heart. She was very energetic and active right up to the last minute before her stroke. Her daughter often referred to her as the « energizer bunny » and her love of life, her youthful spirit and her friendly, outgoing and accepting attitude, made her appealing to all she met, especially the young. Milly’s greatest gift was her love and acceptance of all; she will be honoured in
Born: January 24, 1928 Place of Birth: Grange,, Scotland Death: January 20, 2019 Place of Death: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
her passing by their memories, as she leaves us to embrace that nobler life of service that awaits beyond the grave. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Milly was predeceased by her parents, William and Comelia; brother, William McAndie and sister, Sheila McWilliam; her only great-great granddaughter, Comelia Abbott; her parents-in-law, Mildred and George Bateman and brothers-in-law, Ronald Grey, James McWilliam and Rodney Cox. She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Patricia (David) Polachek; sons, Leonard (Elaine) Abbott, Ian (Joanne) Abbott and Robert (Sophie) Abbott; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary (James) Robertson and Margaret Grey and sister-in-law, Shirley Cox; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. In Milly’s honour, a Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2019, from the Norquay Communiplex Hall, with Rev. Margaret McCallum and Velda Dahlin officiating. Interment followed in the Norquay Community Cemetery, north of Norquay, SK. Those wishing to make expressions of sympathy may make donations to the Norquay United Church, as tokens of remembrance, in memory of Comelia Abbott.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Comelia Milly Abbott 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: Canora, Province: Saskatchewan