Burroughs, Mary Edith Larkin

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force – Women’s Division
Regimental Number: W 304957
Rank: Corporal
Force: Air Force

Edith Larkin Burroughs was born on April 10, 1923 in St. Peter’s Bay, PEI. At age 18 she enlisted with the RCAF on June 18, 1942 in Montreal QC. Her postings included Rockcliffe ON, Mt. Joli QC, St. Hubert QC, Montreal QC, and Halifax NS. Edith was discharged on October 2, 1945. She trained to be a registered nurse, and on July 12, 1951 she married Morris Lee Burroughs, (who was also a WW II veteran) in Grande Prairie AB. The couple settled in Eaglesham AB, and farmed land that Morris received from the veteran’s lease. They raised 5 children: Elizabeth, Margaret, Shaun, Chris, and Kathleen. From 1970 to 1972 Edith resumed her nursing career in the Spirit River AB hospital. Unfortunately their house burned down in 1975, but was rebuilt with the help of neighbors and friends. Retiring in Grande Prairie, Edith and Morris sold their farm in 1988. Edith died died on October 21, 2019.
Source: Smoky Peace Triangle pp. 156-158 (photo p. 157)