Olive Diefenbaker

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Olive Diefenbaker
Born Olive Evangeline Freeman
(1902-04-14)April 14, 1902
Roland, Manitoba
Died December 22, 1976(1976-12-22) (aged 74)
Ottawa, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Other names Olive Freeman
Olive Palmer
Known for Wife of John Diefenbaker

Olive Evangeline Freeman Palmer Diefenbaker (April 14, 1902 – December 22, 1976) was the second wife of John George Diefenbaker, the 13th Prime Minister of Canada. (John Diefenbaker's first wife, Edna Brower Diefenbaker, died in 1951.)

Olive Palmer was born in 1902 in Roland, Manitoba.[1] John Diefenbaker proposed to Palmer in Paddockwood, Saskatchewan while she was a school teacher. John Diefenbaker and Olive Freeman Palmer married on December 8, 1953. They had no children [2] but raised a daughter from her previous marriage to Toronto solicitor Harry Palmer, who died less than three years after the birth of the child.

On her husband's death in 1979, her remains, buried in 1976 in Ottawa, were reburied in Saskatoon in 1979.


Olive Diefenbaker Drive in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan is named in her honour.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Jeanne Renault Saint-Laurent
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada
Succeeded by
Maryon Moody Pearson