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Memorable Manitobans: Amy Elizabeth Norman Sims (1875-1954)

Social worker, administrator.

Born at Martintown, Stormont, Ontario on 28 February 1875, daughter of Mary Jane Tucker (1849-1916) and William Elworthy Norman (1846-1930), she joined the Salvation Army in the 1890s and was first posted to Quebec. At Napanee by 1899, on 22 June of that same year, she married Ernest Robert Sims at Prince Edward Island and had two children: Norman Gooding Sims (1900-?) and Amy Sims (?-?, wife of A. Hennesy).

Her work for the Salation Army included numerous postings throughout Ontario and Western Canada. In Manitoba, she was Matron (1912-1913) of the Kildonan Industrial Home in the Municipality of Kildonan, during which time her husband served as the Superintendent. She retired from active officership in 1936 and resided in Toronto, Ontario until her husband’s death.

She died at Hamilton, Ontario on 5 May 1954 and was buried at Toronto in the Salvation Army section of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.

“City and general [Salvationists farewell],” Manitoba Free Press, 7 October 1912, page 24.

“Salvation Officers go East,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 October 1912, page 28.

“Entitled to seat in tourist car,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 November 1913, page 5.

“Promoted to glory,” The War Cry, 22 May 1954, page 13.

“Steadfast to the end,” The War Cry, 29 May 1954, page 13.

Lindsay/Heddell family tree, Ancestry.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 May 2020

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