Memorable Manitobans: Violet Ellen Morrison Leeson (1902-2001)
Born at Strathclair on 12 April 1902, daughter of Donald Morrison (?-1964) and Lucy Bacon (1867-1951), she took her early education at Elgin School then Strathclair Consolidated School. On 14 June 1922, she married Earl Leeson (1903-1982) at Minnedosa and they set up to farm on the family homestead. They had two daughters: Viola Leeson (wife of Bill McCutcheon) and June Leeson (wife of Norman Ironside). She wrote poetry starting in the 1920s, on the subject of family life on a farm, women’s work as a housewife of the 1930s, and life as an elderly person. She died at Shoal Lake on 22 January 2001 and was buried in the Strathclair Cemetery.
Birth registrations [Violet Ellen Morrison, Earl Leeson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Violet E. Morrison, Earl Leeson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Lucy Morrison], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Earl Leeson], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1982, page 57.
Voices of Yesteryear [Audiocassette], 1982. Westman Oral History Collection by the Westman Oral History Association (Effie McPhail, Chair). S. J. McKee Archives.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Christy Henry for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 February 2023