2018-01-12 16:02:30 UTC
(I would have had her on the oldest-writers list, but I wasn't sure she was alive.)
Elizabeth Kouhi, aged 100 years, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday morning, January 5, 2018, at Roseview Manor. Elizabeth was born in Lappe, Ontario, on November 24, 1917, to Aliina (Keisteri) and Antti Kaija. She served in the RCAF in Toronto during WWII, graduated from McGill University in 1949 and then went to teach in Raith where she met her husband, George. The couple moved to Fort William with their four children in 1958 and Elizabeth continued her teaching career at Lakehead College, Northwood High School, and Sir Winston Churchill High School where she taught for many years. The camp at Warnica Lake, from the early sixties onward, was a place of refreshment and inspiration. After retirement she had a second career as a writer of poetry and children's fiction and travelled extensively with her husband George, including trips to Finland, the land of their ancestors. Elizabeth's faith in Jesus and her love of poetry were the most important things in her life in addition to her love for family and friends. Elizabeth and George were charter members of Calvary Lutheran Church and active in congregational life. They also supported the Association for Community Living and its predecessors, with Elizabeth editing the newsletter for many years. She was the first recipient of the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop Kouhi Award, established to recognize “outstanding contributions to the literature of Northwestern Ontario” and named by her fellow writers in her honour...
From "Contemporary Authros":
Kouhi: "I have always wanted to write. Since retiring from teaching I have had more time to concentrate on writing, and I now consider it my full-time profession. I started writing children's novels when my children were young, using local historical material. Both Jamie of Thunder Bay and Sarah Jane of Silver Islet are set here in the last century, the first about the fur trade and the second set in a mining town. The Story of Philip is a picture book about our developmentally handicapped son. North Country Spring and Round Trip Home are books of poetry. Although the books are not autobiographical, they do perhaps reflect the ambitions of the country kid that I was. Indirectly my poetry reflects my ideas on social justice and basic spiritual values, as well as the wonder at the riches of this world in nature, arts, literature, and so on."
WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:
Jamie of Thunder Bay (juvenile novel), Borealis Press, 1977.
North Country Spring (juvenile poetry), Penumbra Press, 1980.
The Story of Philip (juvenile), Queenston House, 1982.
Sarah Jane of Silver Islet (juvenile novel), Queenston House, 1983.
Round Trip Home (adult poetry), Penumbra Press, 1983.
Naming: Poems, Penumbra Press, (Waterloo, Ont.), 1994.
No words in English: A Novel, North Star Press of St. Cloud, (St. Cloud, MN), 1999.