Amy Wilson was born in 1908 into a poor immigrant farm family in Alberta. She was the sixth of seven children. She lost her mother when she was three. Scarlet fever raged through the household when she was ten, weakening her heart. And yet, against all odds, Amy became an intrepid nurse, forgoing the relative ease of urban nursing to serve in remote northern Alberta and BC communities before being drawn even further north to the Yukon in the dead of winter, 1949.