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Memorable Manitobans: Louise Ella Pearl Lane “Luella” Keith (1893-1922)

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Louise Ella Pearl Lane Keith
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Born at Peterborough, Ontario, on 12 January 1893, daughter of Richard J. Lane (1860-1934) and Annie Elizabeth Comstock (1870-?), she accompanied her parents to southern Manitoba and passed her entrance examinations (1909) before attending Normal School. She taught at Linwood School (1914-1915) and was Principal of Woodlawn School (1915-1918) and Seven Oaks School (1918-1919).

On 25 December 1918, she married Royal Flying Corps Lieutenant Arthur Donald Keith (1891-1961, later twice remarried) at her parents’ Winnipeg residence at 215 River Avenue. They initially lived at 312 Beverley Street before moving to the United States by 1920. They settled at Santa Cruz, California and had a son, Donald Lane Keith (1922-1999).

She died at Santa Cruz on 23 November 1922 and was buried in the local IOOF Cemetery.


Ontario birth registrations [Louise Ella Pearl Lane], Ancestry.

Birth [Richard Henry Lacey Lane] & marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force - [Arthur Donald Keith, Lieutenant], Library and Archives Canada.

“Results of the recent entrance examinations [Southern Inspectoral Division],” Manitoba Free Press, 22 July 1909, page 3.

“Keith - Lane,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 December 1918, page 6.

“Wed on Christmas Day,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1918, page 17.

“Personal [R. J. Lane],” Santa Cruz Evening News, 28 December 1920, page 4.

Death notice, Santa Cruz Evening News, 24 November 1922, page 5.

“Funeral of Mrs. Keith,” Santa Cruz Evening News, 22 November 1922, page 4.

“Cruelty grounds in divorce suit,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, 26 July 1934, page 8.

Deaths [Richard J. Lane], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1934, page 12.

“Five divorce decrees are handed down,” Santa Cruz Evening News, 7 May 1937, page 2.

“Mary decrees of divorces in upper court,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, 8 May 1937, page 2.

Obituary [Arthur Donald Keith], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 1961, page 25.

In Memoriam [Keith], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Septemer 1967, page 36.

Obituary [Ethelyn Keith], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1986, page 55.

“In loving memory of my dear mother Ethelyn Keith,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1990, page 27.

Russell/Fix family tree, Ancestry.

California, State Court Naturalization Records, Ancestry.

United States Border Crossings from Canada to US, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 March 2021

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