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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Jemima McArthur “Betty” Boyd (1888-1973)


Born at Emerson on 25 May 1888, daughter of Duncan McArthur (1839-1917) and Margaret Purdy (1852-1940), she attended Emerson School. She began working as a teacher by 1916 and served as the Principal of Robert H. Smith School (1920-1922) in Winnipeg. On 10 July 1922, she married James Alexander Boyd (1877-1960) at Augustine Church in Winnipeg. Near the end of January 1923, the couple moved to St. John, New Brunswick then, around 1948, they moved to British Columbia, settling at Victoria around 1967. She died there on 14 November 1973 and was buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Boyd - McArthur,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1922, page 5.

“Social and personal [Mrs. J. A. Boyd],” Manitoba Free Press, 18 January 1923, page 6.

“Social and personal [Mrs. J. A. Boyd],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 January 1923, page 7.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Voelker - Vogelsang - Dibben - Bryce & Mansell family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 January 2015

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