One of St. Catharines' oldest and most highly respected residents, a member of one of the pioneer families of the Niagara Peninsula, Mrs. E.A. Lancaster, passed away during Monday night at the home of her son, E.H. Lancaster, Q.C., Lincoln County Crown Attorney, after a short illness. The late Mrs. Lancaster, who was 90 years of age on June 25th, was the widow of E.A. Lancaster, Q.C., M.P. from 1900 until the time of his death on Jan. 4, 1916.
Mary Helen Clara Lancaster was born at Grimsby, the daughter of Andrew Hamilton Pettit and Sarah Nixon, both of U.E. Loyalist stock. She was born on the farm property originally granted by the Crown to her great-grandfather, U.E. Loyalist Andrew Pettit, and was married in St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Grimsby, on Nov. 28, 1885.
They moved to St. Catharines in 1890 and she lived the rest of her life there, becoming a member of St. Barnabas' Anglican Parish before the present church was built in 1893.
Mrs. Lancaster was one of the original group that formed the Lord Tennyson Chapter of the Daughters of the Empire in 1908, and of the women that formed the Sanatorium Auxiliary in 1909 for the first sanatorium, carrying on the good work when the new San opened in 1930. The work of the Auxiliary for the sanatorium always remained one of her main interests. She was an honorary president and was always present at the annual meetings. Mrs. Lancaster was also a charter member of the Municipal Chapter, I.O.D.E.
She is survived by one son, E.H. Lancaster, Q.C., County Crown Attorney; four grandchildren, Mrs. H.A. Shaver (Helen), Mrs. A.W.Fair (Mary), Edward A. Lancaster (Ned), of Ajax, Ont., and H.H. Lancaster (Bud), of St. Catharines, and 7 great grandchildren. A son, Harry P. Lancaster, predeceased her in 1943, and a daughter, Helen L. Lancaster (Nell), predeceased her in 1945.