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Memorable Manitobans: Phyllis Beardy Keeper (1934-2014)

Nurse, social worker, cleric.

Born at Big Trout Lake, Ontario on 30 August 1934, daughter of Madeline Cromarty and Rev. Eliezer Beardy, she attended Pelican School at Sioux Lookout and Shingwauk School at Sault Ste. Marie from 1941 to 1949 before taking practical nurse training at Sudbury. She moved to Winnipeg in the early 1950s. On 1 September 1959, she married Joseph Irvine “Joe” Keeper at Winnipeg and they had four children. In the early 1970s, she became involved in community and social work with the Winnipeg School Division and later with the Stella Mission of the United Church. She became a hospital chaplain and an ordained Anglican priest, helping to develop St. Helen’s Anglican Church in north Winnipeg, working there until retirement in the mid-1990s. In recognition of her community service, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). She died at Winnipeg on 22 May 2014.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 2014.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2020

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