Memorable Manitobans: Lorene Frances Ritz Milliken (1907-1990)
Born at Humboldt, Saskatchewan on 16 July 1907, daughter of Otto Ritz and Emma Walker Dawes, the family moved to Winnipeg in 1915. She attended Riverview School, Lord Roberts School, and Kelvin High School, and graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA, 1928) and Central Normal School (1929). She was Principal of the Rosser Village School (1929-1930) and later Secretary-Librarian at the Central Normal School. On 25 June 1932, she married David Milliken (?-1989) at Winnipeg. She published seven books of poetry and short stories: White Orchid (1952), A Morning Mood (1953), Manitoba Landscape (1954), My Soul Sings (1955), Princess of Aune (1956), Interludes (1957), and Poems and Prose Pieces (1958). She was a member of St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church, Winnipeg Art Gallery Association, Inner Wheel Club of Winnipeg, Wednesday Morning Musical Club, Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba Historical Society, and University of Manitoba Alumni Association. She died at Winnipeg on 14 April 1990 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. Her papers are at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.
Birth registration, Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Golden wedding anniversary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1982, page 31.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 1990, page 40.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 June 2022