My Maiden Aunt
Hildred Evelyn Thompson ca 1918
Bd. July 2nd, 1903
D. Nov. 26th, 1994
My grandparents were both descendants of United Empire Loyalist who had settled
on land in Southern Ontario after the American Revolution.
Before they came West they lived in Chesterville, where this picture of
Hildred, their youngest daughter, was taken.
and here, the family in a visit to say goodbye to her Grandfather, before
the journey west to Calgary.
Before a half a dozen years had passed my father, leaning on the left side of the post
had been wounded at Cambrai in the First World War,
and Harriet and Edith, my other two Aunts at the right had married
and then tragically died in the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.
When my Aunt Hildred had finished school she became a secretary, working for the
United Grain Growers of Alberta. She became engaged, but didn't marry when her fiance turned
out to be a rascal and a bounder, so that when I began spending childhood summers in Calgary
she was there, at my Grandparents' home, beloved of all her nieces and nephews.
The epitome of kindness, love, generosity and patience.
I loved her dearly.
The last gift of all is Remembrance and I hope I can pass that on to my family
so that her memory is cherished at least for another generation.