Olive Diefenbaker

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Olive Diefenbaker
Born Olive Evangeline Freeman
(1902-04-14)April 14, 1902
Roland, Manitoba, Canada
Died December 22, 1976(1976-12-22) (aged 74)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Known for Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada
Spouse(s) Harry Palmer
John Diefenbaker (m. 1953; her death 1976)
Children 1

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

Olive Freeman was born in 1902 in Roland, Manitoba.[1] Diefenbaker proposed to her in Paddockwood, Saskatchewan, while she was a school teacher, and they were married on December 8, 1953. They had no children together,[2] but they 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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