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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Durand McColl (1883-1961)

Community activist.

Born at Southampton, Pennsylvania on 13 July 1883, daughter of Reverend Silas Horton Durand, she was educated at Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1906. She taught school in Pennsylvania, specializing in mathematics, Latin and French, and continued her studies in piano and voice. In March 1912 she married Gilbert B. McColl and moved with him to Winnipeg. They had three daughters: Ellen McColl Clark, Margaret McColl Glabais, and Frances V. McColl. She was an active member of the American Club, Canadian Club, Margaret McWilliams’ Current Events Group, and the University Women’s Club (UWC), serving as secretary and archivist of the latter. She was made an honourary life member of the UWC on its 50th anniversary in 1959. She died at Winnipeg on 4 April 1961 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1961, page 23.

Vignettes of Early Winnipeg, 1912-1926: Selections From Letters of Edith McColl to Her Parents and Sister Mildred by Frances V. McColl, Winnipeg: Private Publication (1981).

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2015

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