Museum hosts memorial to Lois Argue

Friends of Lois Argue gathered at the Alberta Aviation Museum on Wednesday January 10 to remember her. Argue died December 11 at the age of 96.

She joined the RCAF Women’s Division in 1941 and was posted to Number 2 Air Observers School based at Blatchford Field. She was the first woman assigned to the base and served as medical assistant looking after the needs of thousands of young men who were training for the war as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

Later, Argue was an early volunteer at the Alberta Aviation Museum. In 2014 Argue spoke with our Blatchford Tales Oral History Project. You can watch a short version of that interview below.

In the spring of 2017, the museum honoured Lois Argue at our Women of Aviation Week event.

Volunteerism was a theme that spanned most of Lois Argue’s 96 years. Close friend Ken Darby gave the eulogy saying, “Lois was a very caring and compassionate person. And she had the wisdom to know that compassion is meaningless unless you put it into action.”

We were honoured to fulfill Lois Argue’s request to hold her memorial service at the museum and celebrate a remarkable life.

The slideshow above was created by our curator, Lech Lebiedowski, from a collection of Lois Argue’s photos.