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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Arvilla May Elson Lightly (1914-2006)


Born at Tangiers, Morocco on 16 May 1914, daughter of missionary couple Arvilla Grace Lamont (1874-1915) and Herbert Philip Elson (1866-1968), she grew up at Park Rapids, Minnesota and Crystal City. She graduated from Wesley College and was a school teacher in rural Manitoba at Willowdale School (?-?) and Baldur School (1937-1942), the latter where she met Robert William “Bob” Lightly and took over from him as Principal (Spring 1941). On 7 September 1942, she married him at the Treherne residence of Rev. F. J. Douglas and they had four children. She was a charter member of Westworth United Church, a life member of United Church Women, and a volunteer with the Alzheimers Society. She died at Winnipeg on 8 December 2006.


“Collegiate Clippings,” Baldur Gazette, 6 March 1941, page 8.

“Lightly - Elson,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 September 1942, page 27.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 2006, page 37.

Ye Olde family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 19 March 2020

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