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Memorable Manitobans: Ooney Olive MacDonald Grant (1901-1969)

Municipal official, educator.

Born at Nesbitt on 1 September 1901, daughter of Lillie Little (1876-?) and Archibald “Archie” McDonald [MacDonald] (1873-?), she attended Nesbitt School, Minnedosa High School, and Brandon Normal School and taught in rural Manitoba, including at Maple Leaf School (1921-1922), Gladstone School (1922-1924), Park School (1925-1927), and General Steele School (1929-1941).

On 14 July 1941, she married Donald Dunbar Grant (c1906-1978) at Knox United Church in Winnipeg. They moved to Dauphin where she was reportedly the first elected female Town Councillor, serving in office from 1958 to 1964. She was a charter member of Dauphin Senior Citizens Homes Corporation, Director of Dauphin General Hospital (1960s), President of the local United Church Womens organization, Treasurer of Dauphin Centennial Committee, and Secretary of the Dauphin Council of Women. She also founded the Painting in the Park art classes and was a judge at the Dauphin Summer Fairs.

She died at St. Boniface Hospital on 11 March 1969 and buried in the Riverside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901, 1906, & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“Grant - MacDonald,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1941, page 5.

Obituary, Dauphin Herald, 14 March 1969, page 8.

Obituary [Donald Dunbar Grant], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1978, page 34.

Obituary [Donald Dunbar Grant], Dauphin Herald, 8 November 1978, page 22.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 June 2021

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