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 Ethel Mildred <I>Black</I> Fry

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Ethel Mildred Black Fry

  • Birth 23 Jul 1889 Manitoba, Canada
  • Death 5 Aug 1977 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 84319176

Her date of birth is often listed as 1890, but she was actually born in 1889. Her birth name was Ethel MARTHA Black, but for some reason, she changed her middle name to Mildred as a teen.

She was Métis, being 1/4 Native American, a fact that she hid from her family. Where she grew up, "Half-Breeds", as anyone with any native ancestry were known, were discriminated against is virtually every aspect of their lives.

Her first husband was Peter Norman Stewart, they had 4 children together. Ethel hated the winters in Manitoba, so her husband sent her to Vancouver, BC for the winters. She had affair after affair there, fell madly in love with a man in 1924, and filed for a legal separation. Once she had obtained that, the man walked out of her life.

She refused to grant her husband a divorce. He supported her, until the mid 1940's, when she met a man and fell in love. He wanted to marry her, so she finally allowed the divorce.

She married Richard Landis Fry in January 1946, and he died in July 1949, leaving her a destitute widow. She had to work as a maid at the YMCA, to earn her keep (the first job she had ever had).

She was my paternal grandmother. She was a VERY bitter woman, hating virtually everyone, including her 3 surviving children.

Her two daughters looted her estate, even selling the coffin she had purchased to be buried in.



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  • Created by: The Old medic
  • Added: 1 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84319176
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ethel Mildred Black Fry (23 Jul 1889–5 Aug 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84319176, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by The Old medic (contributor 47451600) .