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 Mrs Flossie MacPhail, Clachtoll, Scottish Borders

Mrs Flossie MacPhail, Clachtoll

Mrs Flossie MacPhail, Clachtoll

FLOSSIE MacPhail (nee Mackenzie), who died on 6th October, was born in Cacarraig, Clachtoll, on 25th February 1920. She attended Stoer School, and from there went to the domestic science school in Glasgow.
Flossie loved dancing and attended many of Glasgow's dance halls where she met her husband, Donnie. During the war Flossie tended to and transported patients at Breadalbane House, Killin, Perthshire, which had been converted into a hospital for the wounded.
After the war she became a "one woman social services" for the whole community. Finding the time could not have been easy. She was an undertaker's assistant, home help and school bus driver, as well as doing school meals, meals on wheels and just being there for whoever was in need, at the same time as running a camp site and shop.
In later years Flossie was active in fundraising and assisting in local affairs. She was made chieftain of Assynt Highland Games in 1996, an honour of which she was extremely proud.
Everyone who knew Flossie had a tale to tell of her generosity, kindness and her contribution to the people of Sutherland. People from around the globe would knock on her door and always receive a warm welcome. She was an extraordinary person and truly "a legend in her own lifetime".
She is survived by her son William and daughter Una, her grandchildren David, Isla, Eilidh, Robert and Suzanne, and six great-grandchildren.

Published: 26 October, 2007 in The Northern Times

Mrs Flossie MacPhail, Clachtoll, Scotland