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Margaret Laurence
Birth: Jul. 18, 1926
Western Manitoba Census Division
Manitoba, Canada
Death: Jan. 5, 1987
Peterborough County
Ontario, Canada

Canadian Author. Born in Neepawa, Manitoba, in 1926 as Jean Margaret Wemyss, Laurence suffered the loss of her parents at a young age. After the deaths of her parents she was raised by her aunt who was a librarian, this is where her love for books and writing began. In 1943 she began to write professionally and got a summer job as a reporter for the local newspaper. In 1944 she enrolled with honours at the United College in Winnipeg, where she would study english. In 1947, after graduating with a BA, she became a reporter for the Winnipeg Citizen. Duiring the next ten years, she got married, had two children, moved to Somalia, wrote, and moved back to Canada in 1957, settling in Lakefield, Ontario, in 1970. Her books include, "A Tree For Poverty" (1954), "This Side Jordan" (1960), "The Stone Angel" (1964), "The Tomorrow Tamer" (1963), "Long Drums And Cannons: Nigerian Dramatists And Novelists" (1952-1966), "A Jest Of God" (1966), "The Fire-Dwellers" (1969), "A Bird In The House" (1970), "Jason's Quest" (1970), "The Diviners" (1974), "Heart Of A Stranger" (1976), "The Olden Days Coat" (1979), "Six Darn Cows" (1979), "The Christmas Birthday Story" (1980), and "Dance On The Earth" (1987). A few of her stories were later turned into movies and some awarded the prestigious Governor General's Award. From 1981 to 1983, she served as the Chancellor of the Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She died in January 1987. An award called The Margaret Laurence Award for Excellence was named in her honour. Her home in Lakefield is now a museum. (bio by: Peterborough "K") 
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  Jocelyn Laurence (1952 - 2015)*
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Riverside Cemetery
Western Manitoba Census Division
Manitoba, Canada
Plot: Wemyss Family Plot
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Record added: Mar 26, 2003
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