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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Bunten Makepeace Copes (1921-2007)


Born in Manitoba in March 1921, daughter of Andrew Makepeace (1877-1961) and Mary Blackwood (1887-1971), she grew up at Basswood and attended the University of Manitoba on a scholarship in the latter 1930s. She taught at Hilltop School (1940-1941) and Birtle School before moving to Winnipeg where she was the Principal of St. Joseph’s Vocational School (1949-1950) and a teacher at Faraday School (1950-1952). She later married Arthur Copes (1927-2020) and moved to British Columbia. They had twin sons (1959). She died at North Vancouver, BC on 13 April 2007.


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“New university scholarship winners are announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1938, page 8.

“Government honors rural scholars at luncheon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1939, page 7.

“Oak Lake bridal event Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1948, page 13.

“Vital statistics,” Birtle Eye-Witness, 8 December 1959, page 10.

“Makepeace - Finlay,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1963, page 18.

Obituary [Elizabeth Reid Finlay], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1989, page 43.

Obituary [Louis Ernest Mink], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1976, page 23.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Birtle “expatriates” hold reunion in Ladner, B.C.,” Birtle Eye-Witness, 18 September 1995, page 3.

Obituary, Vancouver Sun, 19 April 2007.

We thank Drew Makepeace for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2020

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