The Grandmothers::Louise Henderson
Kate “Louise” Pigott was born in Sheffield on Nov 23, 1907. My grandmother’s story starts in Sheffield, England. She came to Canada at age 3, to join her aunts and uncles who had come to Canada seeking a new beginning. They settled in Elnora, Alberta where she went to school and completed grade 8. She would eventually make her way to Saskatoon in the late 20’s where she met my grandfather.
Grandma was active in Saskatoon’s branch of St John’s Ambulance group, providing nursing and support to families in need. She was actively involved in bringing blood typing to Saskatoon as part of St John’s ambulance. Many springs, the Red River in Manitoba flooded its banks causing extensive damage and loss of life. As part of the St. John’s Ambulance team, my grandmother travelled each year from Saskatoon to Manitoba spending a week or more to provide nursing assistance to those devastated by the damage. She enjoyed this work as she always wanted to be a doctor.
My grandmother worked for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix in the advertising department where she met my grandfather. They were married 18 years before grandma became a widow with two young boys ages 12 and 14.
~ Janet Henderson
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