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Memorable Manitobans: Violet Irene Guymer (1885-1955)

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Born in England in 1885, she came to Canada in 1909 with her husband Daniel Herbert Guymer (c1879-1918). After farming in Saskatchewan for a time, the family moved to The Pas in 1911. Her husband died during the 1918 flu pandemic, leaving her to take charge his businesses, Guymer Transfer and Forwarding Company, and Guymer Funeral Home. She became the first female funeral director in Canada and, for twenty years, was the only female licensed embalmer in Manitoba, until selling the business to a competitor in 1939. She died at The Pas on 4 September 1955 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.

Sources:

Death registration [Daniel Herbert Guymer], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Violet Irene Guymer,” The Pas Herald, 22 August 1962, page 14.

“Play to tell story of Violet Guymer,” Opasquia Times, 25 September 2009, page 7.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2017

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