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Memorable Manitobans: Meta Marion Kelly (1906-1994)


Born on a farm at Marquette on 26 May 1906, daughter of Alfred Edward Kelly (1868-1936) and May Kelly (?-?), she was educated at Poplar Heights School and Central Normal School. She taught at several rural Manitoba schools, including Golden Stream School (1929-1931), Poplar Heights School (1931-1934), North Polsen School (1934-1937), Phoenix School (1939-1940), and served as the Principal of Garson School (1941-1944). She moved to Winnipeg with her mother and sister, and taught at Dufferin School (1946-1947), William Whyte School (1948-1953), Laura Secord School (1955-1958) and others until retirement from Isaac Brock School (1968-1969). In retirement, she spent a year teaching at St. Mary’s School at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and she taught English to foreign-speaking students at Winnipeg. Failing eyesight caused her to move into a nursing home. She died at Winnipeg on 12 July 1994.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“Leather and metal craft classes are most popular,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 December 1946, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1994, page 23.

We thank Nathan Kramer and John Moore for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2017

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