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Mar­ried to a well-to-do

Dutch man, Par­sons was sen­tenced to death in 1941 for hid­ing Al­lied air­man in their house near Am­s­ter­dam. She spent the rest of the war in forced labour camps in Nazi Ger­many, and then es­caped by walk­ing to the bor­der of the Nether­lands.

She was the only Cana­dian fe­male civil­ian to be im­pris­oned by the Nazis and her brav­ery was un­rec­og­nized un­til An­dria Hill Lehr wrote a play and a book about her ex­ploits. Her wartime hero­ism was later doc­u­mented by a Her­itage Minute and in a His­tory TV doc­u­men­tary. Par­sons was born in Middleton and died in Wolfville in 1976.

The Women of Wolfville took up the need for a com­mem­o­ra­tion and were joined by the Wolfville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. The pro­vin­cial govern­ment and the Town of Wolfville were the lead con­trib­u­tors to the cam­paign, which was also sup­ported by in­di­vid­ual donors. A Cana­dian Her­itage Legacy Fund grant and a sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion from for­mer An­napo­lis Val­ley res­i­dent Dr. Allen Eaves helped bring the fundrais­ing cam­paign to a close.

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