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Memorable Manitobans: Betty Sparling Campbell (c1917-1994)

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Born around 1917, daughter of Charlotte Robinson (?-1963) and Howard Hartman Sparling, she attended the University of Manitoba (1934-1935, 1936-1937) and University of Toronto (1935-1936) before moving to Edmonton with parents around 1938. During the Second World War, she served as an overseas nurse with the Red Cross Society, after which she returned to Winnipeg and was employed for 41 years in the advertising department of the T. Eaton Company. She served on the boards of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, Manitoba Arts Council (Secretary), Women’s Sales and Advertising Club of Winnipeg (President, 1955), and Manitoba Crafts Council (President). She was a member of the Junior League of Winnipeg. Sometime after 1989, she married Donald J. Campbell. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 22 February 1994.


“University and college notes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 February 1935, page 16.

“Society,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 September 1935, page 8.

“Home for holidays,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 January 1936, page 13.

“Betty Sparling new president of Women’s Advertising Club,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 May 1955, page 15.

Obituary [Howard Hartman Sparling], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1969, page 36.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1994, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2019

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