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MACRAE, Mary Elizabeth



The family of Elizabeth (Armstrong) Macrae is profoundly saddened to advise of her passing on March 25th, 2023, a date of her choosing. To all of us, to other surviving relatives and to her many close friends she was an extraordinarily kind and communicative individual. Moreover, she was recognized for her  high intelligence, political insight and societal contribution by community leaders in Guelph and well beyond.

Elizabeth was born in Toronto on April 13, 1929. She was predeceased by her parents, Greta (Grosskurth) and Thomas Armstrong and by her husband Alistair. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her devoted brother Tim (Betty) and by her loving children, her daughters Janie (David), and Martha and her sons Alistair (Louise) and  Robbie (Naoko).

In addition, among those in sorrow are her grandchildren, Sarah (Byron), Alison (Ty), Emily, Michael, Naomi (Michael), George (Jess), Armstrong and Helen. Sadly those now deprived of her love and attention are her great-grandchildren Dylan, Blake, Grayson, Georgia, Oliver and Jasper, along with her cherished friend, Helen Hobson.

Following attendance at Allenby Public School, she graduated from Lawrence Park Collegiate in 1946 at age 16. She then graduated from the University of Toronto’s Victoria College (4T9)

While raising four children in Guelph, she contributed to the community in a myriad of ways. She served on the Guelph General Hospital Board, the Guelph Museum Board, Guelph University’s Board of Governors, and Friends of The Guelph Public Library. For over sixty years, she was an enthusiastic member of the University Women’s Club of Guelph. Until well into her late 80’s, she was also a frequent participant in deputations to Guelph City Council in support of progressive causes. She was proud to have attended the Liberal Party of Canada Convention of 1968 and to have voted for Pierre Elliott Trudeau as Leader. She kept her autographed voting score card from that event framed on her wall til the day she died. In her later years, she was an intrepid world traveller.

The family wishes to thank Dr. David Hood, her family physician for many years, and the dedicated staff of The Ellington in Guelph for their  professional care, compassion and kindness during her residence there

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Burial has taken place and a celebration of life will be held for family and friends at a date to be determined.

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