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Memorable Manitobans: Nellie Taylor “Billie” Millar (1925-2004)

Community activist.

Born at Lathen, Scotland on 16 January 1925, daughter of Mary Ann Sim (1885-1948) and John William Stewart (1889-1956), she and her family immigrated to Canada in 1928 to farm at Beulah. During the Second World War, she served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, and then married Alexander Robertson Millar (1915-1993) at Winnipeg on 7 February 1946. They had two children.

For over 30 years, she worked as a supervisor for Chicago Kosher Sausage Company, Schneider’s Meats, and Weidman Foods. She was active in her community with the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch #141 Ladies Auxiliary) for over 50 years and the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie #23 Ladies Auxiliary) for 35 years. She received many awards for her untiring work for the sick, elderly, disabled, and underprivileged. The award of which she was most proud was the Palm Leaf, the highest awarded given by the Royal Canadian Legion, and received in 1987.

She died at Winnipeg on 6 August 2004 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 2004.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 5 November 2020

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