Memorable Manitobans: Lillian Ruth Adams (1920-2014)
Born at Inglis on 24 May 1920, daughter of Jessie Clark Harrison (1890-1987) and Herbert John Adams (1886-1952), she attended Thunder Creek School to grade 9 and completed grade 12 at the Russell High School. After taking nursing training at the St. Boniface Hospital, she worked at Concordia Hospital and North Vancouver Hospital before enlisting in the Canadian Army and working in an Army Hospital and tuberculosis sanatorium at Tranquille, British Columbia.
After her military discharge, she returned to Winnipeg and attended the Winnipeg Bible College for three years. She was in China between 1950 and 1952 then moved to Thailand where she worked with leprosy patients and was matron of an 80-bed hospital. She returned to Canada in 1983, living with her sister at Brandon, and retired two years later.
She died at Brandon on 23 October 2014 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Marriage registration [Jessie Clark Harrison, Herbert John Adams], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Herbert John Adams], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 September 1952, page 28.
Birth registration [Lilian Ruth Adams], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Jessie Clark Adams], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1987, page 30.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 25 October 2014.
We thank Lorna Stevens for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 May 2022