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Memorable Manitobans: Barbara Mae Halls Cannell (1929-2015)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 9 June 1929, daughter of Charlotte and Philip Halls, granddaughter of Frank Halls, she graduated from the Riverbend School in 1946 and the Faculty of Interior Design at the University of Manitoba in 1950. On 16 September 1950, she married architect Douglas John Cannell and they subsequently had three children. Their work at excavating the forgotten city of Rio Azul, Guatemala was featured in the National Geographic. She was a fashion editor for the Winnipeg Tribune, fashion model, tarot card reader, and active member of the Junior League of Winnipeg. She served as Chair of the Manitoba Film Classification Board and President of the Progressive Conservative Winnipeg South Constituency Association. She died on 3 September 2015.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2016

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