Erno, Lorna

Force: CWAC

Lorna Erno (nee Gow) was born in 1926 in Manitoba, MB. She was the third of 6 children of David and Harriet Gow from Bad Heart. As a young child, in 1929, she moved with her family to Bad Heart AB, where her father had taken a homestead and built a log house. Ten years later the family built a larger frame house. Lorna enlisted with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) which was a non-combatant branch of the Canadian Army for women. They served in domestic and clerical duties. Lorna married Eldon Erno on December 29, 1953. The couple lived on the Erno homestead (Eldon’s parents) in Teepee Creek, and did mixed farming. Four sons were born to them: Mitchell, David, Dean, and Bertram. Lorna and Eldon worked for many years at the annual Teepee Creek Stampede in July. For five years Lorna was secretary of the Home and School Association, and she was active in the United Church. Eldon passed away in 1978, so Lorna moved to Edmonton, working as a waitress. In her later years she enjoyed travelling and cruising. Lorna died on January 14, 2022, in Ritchie Place Seniors Residence, Edmonton, which was her home for the last 21 years of her life.

Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 1149 -name under war veterans; 1155 – Photo
pp. 881 – 882 – Photos p. 882; p. 38 (Gow family)
Grande Prairie Herald Jan. 14, 1954 p.6 c.7 March 11, 1954 p.6 c.1
Simply Cremations and Funeral Services website – Obituary