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Memorable Manitobans: Ruby Louise Brown Locke (1884-1982)

Community activist.

Born at Cannington, Ontario on 23 October 1884, she moved to Carberry in 1890 and to Morden in 1892. In 1909, she married Corbet Locke at Morden with whom she had four children: John Locke (1911-1942), Brian Kelly Locke (1912-1987), William Locke (1916-2010), and Anne Locke (1923-2001). She lived at Morden until moving to Winnipeg in 1932, where she remained for the rest of her life.

She was active in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Women’s Canadian Club, Antique Arts Society, Winnipeg Poetry Society, and IODE. She was a member of the Board of the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg for 35 years, serving two terms as President (1954-1958). For eight years she was “mother” of the St. John’s Cathedral Boys’ School. In 1965, she was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award in recognition of her community service.

She died at Winnipeg on 11 May 1982 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

“Golden Boys honor 12 Manitobans,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1965.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1982, page 50.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 November 2021

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