Unexpectedly on Wednesday evening September 16, 2020 at the Heritage Lodge Phyllis Steele (nee Fraser) passed away at the age of 96. Predeceased by her parents Alexander Fraser and Christy Johnstone. Beloved wife of the late Irvine Steele. Caring and loving mother of Ruth Allen (John), Glenn (Anne), Bob (Joanne) and Karin Mode (Leigh). Dearly loved Grandma of 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brothers Keith Fraser and Gilbert Fraser. Dear sister-in-law of Joyce Steele. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Phyllis lived most of her life in Cassburn and Vankleek Hill. After 26 years of farm life she and her husband moved to Ottawa and became the housekeeper and groundskeeper of renowned photographer the late Yousuf Karsh and his wife Estrelitta. They especially enjoyed her cooking. She was a faithful member of Cassburn United Church. She was a very proud long-time member of Prescott District Women’s Institute for 73 years. Family and friends are invited to view the live Webcast of the service from the comfort and safety of your home on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 2 pm, please go to www.hillcrestfuneralhome.ca
and go to Phyllis’s web page click the Webcast button on the left. Pursuant To Maximum Attendance Regulation we have reached capacity for in person attendance at Phyllis’s Celebration of Life. In memory of Phyllis, a donation to the charity she supported over the years, The Ottawa Mission Foundation P.O Box 7068, Stn. Vanier, Vanier, ON K1L 8E2 would be appreciated by the family. To express your condolences, send flowers or make a donation please visit hillcrestfuneralhome.ca A Tree of Remembrance will be planted in memory of Phyllis at the McAlpine Forever Forest for more information visit treesofremembrance.com . Funeral arrangements in the care of Hillcrest Funeral Home Ltd., 151 Bond Street, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0 (866) 678-2001.