Upon her passing, Marietta Lorimer Freeland created an ever-lasting connection to Quebec’s English-speaking community with her generous bequests to several of its organizations, including the Morrin Centre. Council and staff are infinitely grateful for her gift and wish to commemorate her life through the Marietta Freeland Fund for the Arts.

The entirety of her bequest will be used to start the fund, and the revenue from it will be used to support the Arts Pillar programing at the Morrin Centre, such as the Arts Alive! Québec festival, the My Morrin program, history and literary conferences, and more.

As a non-profit arts and culture organization, the Morrin Centre depends on support from benefactors to plan and carry out its diverse slate of programming. Marietta’s donation has helped to ensure the continuity of this programming, which plays a significant role in our community’s vitality.

Her gift serves as an inspiration to us all—if you are interested in planned giving, please contact us for further information.


About Marietta Lorimer Freeland     

She was born on April 1, 1921 in Parry Sound, Ontario, the youngest child of Mary Etta and John Anderson Freeland, and died on October 26, 2017 in Quebec City. She spent most of her younger years in Montreal, living for much of that time in Montreal West. Marietta and her family were longtime members of the Montreal West Presbyterian Church.

After she graduated from Montreal West High School, she obtained her business education and training at the Mother House of the Gray Nuns in Montreal. She then worked until her retirement at the CI Pulp and Paper Co. in their offices in the Sun Life Building in downtown Montreal. She was an avid skier most of her life, and she was a member of the Montreal Athletic Association as well as the Montreal Tennis Club.

She and her sister Hilda bought property in Metis-sur-Mer and spent many happy summers there with members of their extended family and their numerous friends. Both sisters faithfully attended church services in Metis-sur-Mer (in Leggatt’s Point) when in the area, or at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Quebec City. Their grandfather, the Rev. Tannahill Love, was pastor of St. Andrew’s for over 40 years. Marietta had a strong connection to Quebec’s English-speaking community and she will be missed greatly.