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Memorable Manitobans: Grace Ida McNicholl Keith (1905-1995)


Born at Cataract, Ontario on 17 October 1905, youngest child of Samuel and Emeline McNicholl, the family moved to Winnipeg when she was young and over time she obtained BEd and MEd degrees. She became a teacher, at St. Charles School (1926-1929, Principal 1927-1929), Aberdeen School (1930-1933), and Montcalm School (1935-1938), and service as the Principal of Florence Nightingale School (1938-1944), Gladstone School (1944-1953), Grosvenor School (1953-1965), and Robertson School (1965-1966). She retired in 1966. On 12 July 1933, she married pilot Alvin Davis Keith (1907-1935) at Winnipeg. They had one son. Keith enjoyed birdwatching and had a cottage at Victoria Beach. She died at Winnipeg on 6 July 1995 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Death registration [Alvin David Keith], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Alvin Keith, young pilot, dies when plane hits ice,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 February 1935, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1995, page 23.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 June 2022

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