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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret McBride Orr (1900-2001)

Community activist.

Born at Belfast, Northern Ireland on 27 April 1900, she came to Canada at the age of nine, along with her seven-year-old sister. They joined their mother who had previously arrived and chosen Winnipeg as their new home. She worked for Eatons and became a well-known seamstress, making unique, custom-made bedspreads and draperies. She was a long-standing member of the United Church Womans League and a member of the Elizabeth Frye Society. She was one of the last survivors of the group that defended the Wolseley Elm in 1950. The tree, which grew in the middle of Wolseley Avenue, was finally cut down in 1960. She died at Winnipeg on 24 March 2001.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 2001.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2010

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