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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Merle Ellis Wilson (1917-1991)

Community activist.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 27 February 1917, she moved to Manitoba and lived at Baldur, Holmfield, and Neepawa. In 1937, she moved to Winnipeg and worked with Martin Paper Products. She later worked as a consumer help officer for Consumer and Corporate Affairs until her retirement. In 1942, she married Herbert Wilson and among their three children was David James Wilson.

An active worker with the United Church, she was the last President of the Winnipeg branch of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was also a member of the Winnipeg Council of Women and Zonta International. She worked as a counsellor with the International Centre of Winnipeg, helping newcomers to Canada with citizenship and daily living skills. She later served as National President of the Experiment in International Living that helped peopled around the world to develop respect and concern for one another.

She died at Calgary, Alberta on 12 January 1991.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1991, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2022

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