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Memorable Manitobans: Anne Marie Collier Whitehead (1914-1991)

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Born at Arizona, Manitoba on 5 May 1914, daughter of Charles and Annie Jackson, she moved with her family to Sidney, where she was raised and educated. After her marriage in 1934 to Thomas Benjamin Collier (?-1983), she moved to Austin where she and her husband ran a service station and a small restaurant. In 1958 they opened a new location on the Trans-Canada Highway. They retired to Portage la Prairie in 1965. In retirement, she became a historian and writer. Her A Rear View Mirror: A History of the Austin and Surrounding Districts was published in 1967, History of Portage la Prairie in 1970, and My Roadside Restaurant in 1988, the same year that she married Ernest Whitehead. She also helped write the lyrics for both the Manitoba centennial song and the Portage la Prairie centennial song. A cairn in her honour was unveiled at Jackson Lake, south of Sidney, in 1970. She died at Portage la Prairie on 14 January 1991 and was buried in Austin Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anne Collier Cairn (RM of North Norfolk)

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1991, page 42.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 June 2013

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