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She also was know as "Nellie." Like her siblings, her birth was not registered September 23, 1925, which is after her father died. I will never know why there was such a delay.
She was shown as a seamstress on the wedding registration and her religion was noted as Methodist. John and Margaret Forrest were the witnesses.
Note N43 Index
The family bible extract shows her as "Mary" and Marie at birth. She is Maida in the list coming from the Haley source. She is buried next to her sister Verda May, in the St. Marys Cemetery, section N, row 4, spot 6. Verda is shown as dying on July 29, 1961. How did she get from Chicago to St. Marys?
In the 1901 census, her year of birth is shown as 1885 not 1886.
Austin says that her husband came from Colorado and that for a while, they lived in Los Angeles but mostly in Chicago. She didn't spend a lot of time living apart from her husband. I have found him in several Colorado city directories from 1922 to 1932 and Marie there as well from 1922. He seems to have done quite well. She was a steno with the State Highway Department in 1922.
The newspaper clipping for her death says that she moved to the US when young. She married James Proctor there. She resided in Detroit, Los Angles and Chicago, returning to St. Marys nine years before her death. I don't now beleive that to be correct; instead I believe that she returned to Canada after the death of her husband in 1966. She lived the home of Mrs. Jessie D. Crawford. Who would that have been?
Aunt Helen says that she ran a beauty parlour - the Blue Bird Beauty Shop - in Calgary in the Hillhurst district. I can check on that when I am next there.
I believe that I have found her and her husband in Denver in 1930. They lived at 1321 Grant St. He was a real estate accountant and she was not employed outside the home. His full name was James Nelson Proctor. She came to the US in 1920. He went in 1914. He was naturalized; she was an alien. She was 34 years old when married; he was 39. They were 43 and 48 at the time of the census. So they married just after the 1920 census.
I can recall when she died as Vera was a bit upset that she did not get anything in the estate.
Note N44 Index
Austin says that John and Elizabeth Timms were living in Prospect Hill in Buddulph Township in Middlesex County before they moved to St Mary's in 1918. William Russel was living with them there after his first marriage. William Russel continued to live there after John moved to St. Marys but sold the property after his first wife died and then he went out west doing carpentry work. Austin says that John R. had oxen to do his work then. This was perhaps when they lived near Wheyburn Sask. The two of them were building the local grain elevator. (The Black Donnellys were from Lucan Township.)
William Russel and his wives are buried in section AF, row 4, spot 19 of the St. Marys Cemetery.
He lived on a farm
Note N45 Index
She was 18 years old when she and thirteen other young women started a 16,000 mile trip across the US and Canada in 2 cars in 1927. It was a "fun thing" financed by selling magazine subscriptions (120. different magazines.) The newspaper articles of the day were not very complementary; The Halifax Daily Star had a headline "Visiting Ladies Sport Trousers on Halifax Streets." The Border City Star in London Ontario reported; "Touring by Car 14 girls from the East Sell Magazines as a Sideline." A Regina publication referred to them as "Round Eyed Thrill Seekers." All the girls enjoyed a good time and went to a lot of dances.
It seems that she and her younger brother John were sent to Portugal to attend a convent school in 1926. This was after the death of her mother and her father was about to remarry.
Her obituary (I am not sure from what newspaper) reads;
On February 14, 1990, Gloria Timms, aged 81 years of Richmond and formerly of North Vancouver. Predeceased by her husband Larry and daughter Carol. Survived by her loving son, Robert; daughter-in-law Lois, grandson Darren of Richmond. Also other family members in USA. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, February 19 at 11 A.M., in St. Edmunds parish church, 545 Mahon Ave, North Vancouver. Father A Galanti celebrant. Interment North Vancouver Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined Donations to BC Heart Fund.
Richmond Funeral Home
Note N46 Index
Robert joined the Canadian Army at quite a young age. He joined January 29, 1957. He was initially stationed at Calgary with the Queen's Own Rifles. If memory serves my correctly, he was in the Drum & Bugle Corps. He played the bugle. Robert was awarded the Military Medal of Merit. He served in Cyprus with the Queen's Own Rifles. I belive that he served three terms of duty there. He left the army in October 1980 and joined the Vancouver Police Department. After a brief stint, he became a Sheriff's officer.