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Memorable Manitobans: Jean Isabel Moyer Wilson (1913-2002)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipegosis on 10 December 1913 to Jennie and Abraham Moyer, she was one of the original marching mothers for the March of Dimes, which began in 1949, to find a cure and protect children from polio. She was instrumental in working with Howard Pawley to achieve the early widows allowance for women younger than 65. She was a member of the Army, Navy Airforce Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 151 of Selkirk since 1944 and was awarded a life membership in 1992. She worked with the Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) and was also a life-long member of Christ Anglican Church in Selkirk. She died at Selkirk on 9 April 2002 and was buried in the St. Clements Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 19 January 2017

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