Ethel Ogle lived in Mission since the beginning of the 20th century, and served as the municipality’s first woman mayor from 1960-1966. She also held the position of alderman, was made a Freeman of Mission and in 1973, honoured with the title Mission Citizen of the Year.

Ogle’s contributions to her community started during World War II when she worked for the Red Cross as the person in charge of sending clothing overseas. During the Flood of 1948, she chaired committees to help bring clothing, food and other help to the stricken areas of the community. Her service to Mission continued in many areas. In the Order of the Royal Purple #30, she was a Past Honored Royal Lady as well as a Supreme Honored Royal Lady and the District Deputy. In Mission and Abbotsford, she was a Worthy Matron of Pacific Chapter #21 Order of the Eastern Star.

Ogle took great satisfaction in helping her fellow-Missionites, and there were many other organizations which had the benefit of her service. Some of these were the Soap Box Derby Association, the Royal Purple May Day committee in the 1950s, Mission and District Fall Fair Association, the Mission Branch of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Mission Branch, three Centenaries, the Senior Citizen’s Highrise (Welton Towers) Building Committee, the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Cancer Unit, and the Supreme Judiciary Order of the Royal Purple Lodges for Canada. Ogle was also convocation member of Simon Fraser University as well as the BC Grand Lodge Representative to Arizona for the Order of the Eastern Star. As a Member of the Mission Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for nine years, she chaired the Board for seven of these years and was also chairman when Mission saw its new hospital being built.

V. BACH

Source: Fraser Valley Record, November 21, 1979