Memorable Manitobans: Anne Edith Edmunds Cott (1924-2013)
Born at Willmar, Saskatchewan on 8 February 1924, her family moved to Eldersley in 1931. After graduating from high school, she attended the Vancouver Normal School and taught in the Cariboo, Blue River, Airdrie (Alberta) areas, then Dawson City (Yukon) and Whitehorse.
She met teacher Wes Cott (?-2003) at Whitehorse and they were later married, having two daughters. She taught at Chapman School (1950-1951) while her husband attended the University of Manitoba. She taught at Pine River and Flin Flon. Her husband became a meteorologist and they lived at Cold Lake (Alberta), France (1960-1964), and Gander (Newfoundland) before returning to Winnipeg where she received a degree in History from the University of Winnipeg. She retired from teaching in 1982.
She wrote three books: Barbwire Bill’s Happy Family about her father William “Barbwire Bill” Edmunds (1975), Gladys A. Bunn, Piano Teacher and Artist about local music teacher Gladys Bunn (1981), and History and Folklore of the Whiteshell Park North (1991).
She died at Winnipeg on 23 August 2013.
History and Folklore of the Whiteshell Park North by Anne Cott, 1991, page v.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 2013.
We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 May 2021