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Topic: The Women of Aspenland
Article: Ebba (Billsten) Moseson
Date Posted: October 9/2012
Main District: Wetaskiwin
Decades: 1900's to 2000's
Ebba was born November 23, 1901 in Wetaskiwin. Her parents came from Smalland, Sweden and settled in Wetaskiwin in 1892. Upon arriving in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the family name of Johannssons was changed to Billsten. Immigration officers decided there were too many Johannssons, hence the name change. Ebba was the second last child born to Klass and Emma. Ebba and her siblings attended the high school in Wetaskiwin, about eighteen miles from their home.
Upon completion of high school, Ebba taught grades one to eight in the West Country, took art lessons from Father Wallraven in Wetaskiwin, and attended a local bible school. She then went on to Calgary for three years to study nursing and received her diploma from the Holy Cross Hospital in 1929. She enjoyed her training with the Grey Nuns. She was active in the Ladies Aid and Malmo Mission Covenant, participated in the pioneer Girl Guides Club, and read devotional and spiritual books. She also played the piano and sang for church functions.
Ebba met Paul Moseson when his family was invited to her parents' home for dinner. After meeting Ebba (the brunette with red highlights), Paul told his friend, Phil Bjorkgren, that he was going to marry her some day. They were married in Malmo on September 6, 1930.
They had two children, Peter Paul (adopted) and Sandra. The family loved travel and camping. They took extensive photos and notes of their trips through the United States, Mexico, Jamaica and Europe.
In Wetaskiwin, Ebba took care of the home while Paul worked in his lumberyard and sawmill or at his drilling and oil business in Calgary. Ebba was an avid gardener and thoroughly enjoyed working in the yard. She also enjoyed decorating the house, sewing, knitting, crocheting and doing all kinds of handiwork, as well as painting.
Family, friends, church and community were very important to both Ebba and Paul. Ebba was kept very busy with her children and looking after her parents. She entertained family and friends on many occasions. As seniors, Ebba and Paul stayed active, driving to the coast and visiting their family in Calgary.
Ebba lived with her daughter and son-in-law in California for two and a half years before retiring to Wetaskiwin's Peace Hills Lodge. Ebba passed away on July 6, 2001 while visiting her family in California, just four months shy of her one hundredth birthday.
Information compiled in 2001.
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