Avice Helen Frayne was one of five children of Arthur and Edith Frayne (nee Harding). She had three sisters - Elsie, Doris (married Art Day) and Kathleen - and a brother George. Avice was educated at Westminster School and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. After attending Normal School in Calgary, she began her career as a teacher in several rural schools in southern Alberta. It was while she was teaching at Barhill School that she met her future husband, Mac Anderson. The couple were married in 1944, and had four children: Doreen, Margaret, Arthur and Fred.
After her marriage Avice Anderson quit teaching, but returned to the profession in 1952 as the result of a severe shortage of teachers. In 1957 the Andersons moved to Lethbridge, and from then until her retirement in 1974 Avice taught at four city schools: Gilbert Paterson, Westminster, George McKillop and Agnes Davisdon. In retirement, Avice Anderson travelled with her husband Mac in their motor home. She also did extensive genealogical and historical research. The latter resulted in a number of publications: Finger Tip Facts of Early Lethbridge, The Sherans, Tales from the Little White Schoolhouse, and others.
Avice's husband Mac Anderson died on 20 December 1993. Avice died on 4 May 2006, age 91. She is buried with her husband in Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge.
[Source: The Lethbridge Herald, 7 May 2006]
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Anderson, Avice Frayne. Finger Tip Facts of Early Lethbridge. Privately pulbished, Lethbridge