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Memorable Manitobans: Mae Wallis Varley (1892-1948)

Community activist.

Born in England in 1892, she came to Manitoba in 1912 and eventually became dominion president of the Mothers Union for the Anglican Church. Active in women’s church work, she was at one time responsible for the Girl Guide Company at the Shriners’ Hospital and served on the Board of Directors at the YWCA. She was a long-time member of St. John’s Cathedral. She and her husband, Leo Varley, who was Manager of the Special Debts Department of the Bank of Montreal in western Canada, had three daughters: Mrs. R. C. Hutchison, Mrs. John E. Elders, and Mrs. C. Dexter Stockdill. She died at Winnipeg on 24 August 1948 and was buried in St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Anglican mothers’ national president dies in Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical scrapbook B10, page 27]

“Mrs. L. Varley,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 August 1948, page 26.

We thank Peter Stockdill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2017

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