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Memorable Manitobans: Helen Eliza Lawrence Kelly (1867-1923)

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Helen Eliza Lawrence Kelly
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Suffragist.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 14 June 1867, daughter of Jacob and Mara Lawrence, her family moved to Sarnia in her childhood. On 5 September 1888, she married insurance and financial agent Edward Kelly (1867-1940) and they had two children: Edward A. Kelly (1889-?) and Mildred H. Kelly (1891-1979, wife of David C. Aikenhead). The family moved to Winnipeg in 1904 where she became immediately active in social causes, advocating for women’s suffrage with the Political Equality League and for temperance with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She was a member of Young Methodist Church. She died after a long illness at her Winnipeg home, 500 Camden Place, on 30 July 1923 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Women who are blazing the trail for suffrage in Manitoba,” Winnipeg Tribune [Illustrated Supplement Section], 23 October 1915.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Prominent “U” worker dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 July 1923, page 2.

Obituary [Edward Kelly], Winnipeg Tribune, 2 January 1940, page 8.

Obituary [Mildred H. Aikenhead], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1979, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2022

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