Elizabeth Grant MacNeill
September 3, 1926 - January 11, 2020
Liz passed away peacefully at home during the night, with her husband Blair by her side.
She was a loving mother to Grant (Sue) and Alison (Pete), and Grandma to Katelyn, Meaghan, and Blair.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Elizabeth was the youngest daughter of Scottish immigrants, John and Marjory Taylor. Her two older sisters were Jean Flatt and Marjory Westcott.
Liz Taylor graduated from McMaster University in 1948. While working in the OAC Botany Department at Guelph she met Blair, a young professor who became the love of her life. They married in 1953 and raised their family while renovating an old farmhouse on Stone Road in Guelph. It was a place of welcome for generations of students, friends, and family. Later, as the city grew outwards, Liz drew up plans, and they built their retirement home near Arkell.
Mum had an impeccable memory and a sweeping knowledge of history, geography, world events, and horticulture. She loved to listen to the radio and could whistle any tune from the classical repertoire. She travelled the world with Dad to Australia, Argentina and to Poland in the days before the fall of the Iron Curtain, and many other places.
She was intelligent, creative, and shared her passions for gardening, baking and reading with family and friends at our homes in Freeport, Nova Scotia, in Arkell and at the cabin in Parry Sound.
She will be sorely missed by all of us.
Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Arbour Trails, the Bayshore nursing team, and Dr. Ellen Pavanel for their compassionate care.
Friends and family are invited to an informal visitation, Sunday Jan 26, from 1-3 pm in the Library at Arbour Trails.
A service to celebrate Liz’s life will be held Tuesday, Jan 28, at 2 pm, at the Village of Arbour Trails, 32 Bayberry Cres. in Guelph. Reception to follow.
Donations in Liz’s memory may be made to Harcourt Memorial United Church or to the Parkinson’s Society of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Elizabeth G. MacNeill in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm.