Memorable Manitobans: Eleanor Maude Death Kidd (1881-1978)
Nurse, community activist.
Born at London, England on 5 August 1881, she trained as a mid-wife at the Liverpool Hospital then worked in England and Italy before coming to Canada, working as a public health nurse at Portage la Prairie prior to the First World War. She later moved to Brandon where she continued nursing in the city and surrounding area. On 24 November 1921, she married barber William Wesley Kidd (1873-1951). In 1947, she founded the Brandon Humane Society and worked there without pay for over 20 years, organizing fundraising campaigns and caring for stray animals. She was also a member of the Brandon Little Theatre. She died at Brandon on 11 July 1978 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. She was commemorated by the former Eleanor Kidd Park (opened 1977) and Eleanor Kidd Gardens (opened 2002) in Brandon.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Eleanor Kidd dead,” Brandon Sun, 12 July 1978, page 1.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 13 July 1978, page 16.
Burial transcription, Brandon Cemetery.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 April 2019