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Memorable Manitobans: Bernice Geraldine Hearn (1915-2001)


Born at Kelwood on 19 December 1915, eldest daughter of Albert J. Hearn (1885-1974) and Elsie Ezena Payne (1892-1973), she attended Kelwood School and the Central Normal School. She began teaching at a one-room country school then at Ochre River School. Moving to Winnipeg, she taught at John M. King School (1944-1948), Laura Secord School (1949-1954), Harrow School (1955-1957), Andrew Mynarski School (1957-1960), Gordon Bell High School (?-?), and Lord Selkirk School (1963-1967). She received BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba and participated in numerous exchange programs, teaching in South Africa, United States, Australia, and New Zealand. He retired as the Principal of Montrose School (1969-1977). She was an active member of the University Women’s Club and travelled extensively. She died unmarried at Neepawa on 24 November 2001 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 2001, page 34.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Ivor Davies and Avery Gillman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 September 2021

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