Obituary for Charlotte Louise Oleson (Kingdon)
Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Sunday February 19, 2017 at the age of 84 years, Charlotte Louise Oleson (nee Kingdon), of Glenboro MB.
Charlotte grew up on the farm in the Clanwilliam district. She attended Crocus School and graduated high school from Minnedosa Collegiate Institute. She then attended Normal School in Winnipeg. After graduating Normal School in 1951 she taught at Glenboro School from 1951 to 1953. Charlotte then embraced becoming a stay at home mom until Kelly started school. She re-entered the work force as a librarian for the town and then Glenboro Collegiate.
Her first elected office was councillor in the Village of Glenboro in 1977, including time as Deputy Mayor. First elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1981, she served until 1990. During this period Charlotte was appointed Minister of Community Services and Minister of Employment Services and Economic Security with responsibility for the Status of Women. The Ministries were reorganized in 1989 when she became Minister of Family Services. She also served as Chairman of Lakeland Regional Library Board, Director of the Manitoba Library Trustees Association, Vice-Chair of the Cypress Planning District, member of Glenboro and area Historical Society, President of the Glenboro Development Corporation, Chair of the Friends of Spruce Woods Park and the Criddle-Vane Homestead Committee.
Charlotte was an active member of the Glenboro St. Stephen's Anglican Church and Honorary President of Manitoba Ladies Curling Association. She was a board member of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Motor Transport Board from 1977 to 1981. Charlotte was an active member of the PC Party of Manitoba for over forty years, including several constituency leadership roles. She served as a Director of the federal PC Women's Caucus, and was awarded an honorary life membership in the Manitoba PC party in 2000. She was awarded the Canada 125 medal in 1992.
Charlotte leaves to mourn her passing her loving husband of 63 years Stan, sons Chris (Kristine) of Regina Sask., Davin (Janice) of Brandon, Kelly of Winnipeg, five grandchildren Jennifer (Don), Eric (Cassie), Asia, Johanna & Alycia and by two great grandchildren Elliot & Finley. She is also survived by three brothers & three sisters, Maurice (Mary) Kingdon of Minnedosa MB, Hazel (Bob) Jelfs of Foxwarren MB, Erle (Alice) Kingdon of Virden MB, Kathy (Aymer) Lundin of Comox B.C., Gerry (Sandra) Kingdon of Vilne AB, Peggy Hawes of Creston B.C. as well as numerous nieces, nephews & friends. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents Clarence & Elsie Kingdon.
A Celebration of Charlotte's life will be held on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Willmor Chapel, 415 Broadway St. Glenboro, with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Interment will take place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Charlotte's memory to the Glenboro & Area Foundation, Box 147 Glenboro MB R0K 0X0.