Elizabeth "Betty" Flemming

July 13, 1925October 9, 2013
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Flemming (Gillis) A. Elizabeth (Betty) RN, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the age of 88.

Born in Saint John, NB. She was the daughter of James and Lillian (Chambers) Gillis, Betty studied nursing at Western University at London, ON, and Obstetrics at Boston Mass and later received her diploma from the Halifax Infirmary. As an RN she volunteered at Pier 21, assisting the new war brides entering Canada.

Betty was the founding organizer for the Figure Skating Program for the Special Olympics in Halifax, and later became very involved with the Track And Field and Bowling programs.

Survived by son, Douglas (Anne); daughters, Elizabeth, Suzanne (Greg Varga); grandson, Douglas Joseph “DJ”, Robert; sister, Helen and many nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by husband of 51 years, Douglas J Flemming; sister Moira, Josephine, Veronica, Theresa. Visitation will take place at J. A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax (455-0531) on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:00 am in St Agnes Church, Mumford Road Halifax. Donations to the Halifax Chapter of the Special Olympics or L'Arche. To leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Monday, October 14, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Elizabeth "Betty" Flemming

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Marie Bowness

November 19, 2013

Doug, Suzanne and Elizabeth.

What an amazing woman your mother was !!

I have such fond memories of Betty sitting in her cozy corner "office" of her den keeping in touch with the world. I loved our chats when I came by to visit. She was always sincerely interested in my family and what we were all doing. Betty was a "Saint" in the very kindest meaning of the word and the love and care she provided for all of you, but especially Elizabeth, is admirable. She was a special lady.

Cherish the wonderful memories and be comforted by the fact that she had a long fulfilling life and touched many people along the way. She will be missed but never forgotten. Suzanne, Betty and Marion are now together once again chatting about all our shenanigans:)

The Bowness family is always here to support you!!

Much love,
Marie, Hugh, Jamie and Lisa

October 20, 2013

Dear Doug, Elizabeth and Suzy,

Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mum. Always enjoyed dropping in to the Flemming house to hear her wit. I am sure she was not sure what to do with most of the cast of characters that hung around, fixing cars, back in the 70s.

Our thoughts are with you all and God bless.

Ken & Sharon Almon

October 15, 2013

To the family of Betty Flemming,

Our sincere condolences to all of you, we knew Betty for many years through the community of Special Olympics. What an incredible lady to of known. she's inspired many people throughout her life especially Special Olympians and their families. We will all continue to honor the remarkable legacy she has left. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Sincerely, The Brokken Family (Katie Isenor our daughter has been a Special Olympian since about 12 years of age) Betty being one of the first coaches she meet through skating. Katie also participates in Bowling and Track so she knew Betty well. So very sorry, hugs also to dear Elizabeth from Katie xoxo

October 15, 2013

To the family of the late Betty Flemming: Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Valerie Zawilski, Rosalie (nee Zawilski) Graham, Stephen Zawilski and Richard Zawilski (Toronto, Ontario)

Shirley Vaughan

October 14, 2013

To the Family of the late Betty Flemming:

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of Betty, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. We will all miss her. I will especially miss her from substituting in bridge and dropping in to see how she was doing. I enjoyed picking her up and taking her to bridge and to other events..

May God help you though this very difficult period in your lives and bring you to the point where you can remember all the very fond memories that you have built up over the years.


Shirley Vaughan

Debbie Munro

October 14, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Betty's sudden passing. I only met Betty a time or two, once being a summer ago at her niece, Kathy's, and we had a wonderful afternoon of chit chat and then a barbeque. I am glad I got the opportunity to meet her. My sincere sympathy goes out to Elizabeth and Family. You are in my prayers at this very difficult time. Debbie Munro

Robert Braid

October 13, 2013

Suzanne, Dougy and Elizabeth so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, my deepest condolecnces to you and all all of your family. Thinking of you at this time.

Neil Ingraham

October 13, 2013

Very sad to read of the passing of Betty. I had the honor of meeting her in the last few years by doing some work around the house. Always great and interesting conversations .Very sorry for your loss.(Neil Carpenter)

October 13, 2013

Dearest Suzanne, and family, It is with great sadness we share in your loss and hope you know that we are thinking of you and the entire family through this time . We convey our deepest of sympathies to you all and hope that your special memories will help you through. With deepest of sympathies Joanie Zee and Heidi

Terry Punch

October 12, 2013

To the family of Betty,

Pam and I send our condolences and hope to attend at the funeral home tomorrow afternoon to say so in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cousin, Terry Punch & family.