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Memorable Manitobans: Eileen Dorothy Clay Pruden (1920-2008)

Civil servant, author.

Born at Winnipeg on 11 November 1920, eldest child of William Norfolk Clay (1897-1981) and Ellen Mary “Nellie” Pegg (1896-1962), she was employed for most of her working life with the provincial government. She served as secretary to premier Duff Roblin for many years and retired from public service as editor of Education Manitoba magazine.

The wife of Gordon Pruden, she was an avid reader and author which lead to her close involvement with the Canadian Authors Association, Manitoba Historical Society, Red River Historical Society, Prairie Public Television, and Manitoba Teachers’ Society’s teacher exchange program.

She died at Winnipeg on 23 August 2008 and was buried in the St. Clements Cemetery.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Macdonald House - Exercise in Restoration
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 18, Number 1, Autumn 1972


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 2008.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2021

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