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Muriel Jane Clipsham (nee Greene) was born in 1908 in Arnprior, Ontario. She was raised in Ontario and on a farm in the Drumheller, Alberta district. Clipsham obtained her teaching certificate at North Bay Normal School in 1926, after which she taught at rural schools in Alberta. She then studied home economics at Macdonald Institute in Guelph, Ontario. She and her husband, William Baldwin Clipsham, resided in Toronto, Ontario from 1934 to 1948, when they moved to Regina, Saskatchewan. During her residence in Regina, Clipsham was very active in the local community and was involved with numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society; the Seniors' Education Centre; and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Interested in Native peoples, Clipsham helped establish the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre in Regina. In 1983, Clipsham moved to Ottawa, Ontario, where she resided until her death on October 27, 1998. She was buried in Bethel Cemetery in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Muriel and William Baldwin Clipsham had four children: Jane; David; Fred and Bill.