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Memorable Manitobans: Alice Margaret Rowan Gray Wiley (1903-1971)


Born in Scotland on 11 September 1903, daughter of Alice Alexander (?-1965) and Harry Gray (c1886-1965), sister of Robert Henry Alexander Gray, she immigrated to Canada in 1905. Following teacher training, she worked in the East Kildonan School District No. 14 at East Kildonan Collegiate (1926-1943) while also serving as President of the Manitoba Federation of Home and School Associations (1935-1941). During her time in East Kildonan, she met fellow educator Leslie Wilmot Wiley and they were married in Winnipeg at King Memorial United Church on 26 December 1942. She returned to teaching, including at Melrose Junior High School (1954-1959), before retirement around 1968. Around 1970, she moved to British Columbia and died at Victoria on 17 December 1971, with her cremains interred there at Royal Oak Burial Park until being reinterred at Elmwood Cemetery the following year.


1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Miss Alice Gray heads Home, School Association,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1935, page 12.

“Engagement notices [Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gray ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 1942, page 8.

“Alice M. Rowan now becomes Mrs. L.W. Wiley,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1942, page 7.

Obituary [Alice Alexander Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1965, page 26.

Obituary [Harry Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1965, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1971, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1972, page 17.

Elmwood Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 May 2021

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