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Memorable Manitobans: Vanira “Mickey” MacArthur (1920-2004)


Born at Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario in 1920, daughter of Nina Orial Morehouse (1883-1974) and Lemuel Campbell MacArthur (1883-1924), she was a descendant of United Empire Loyalists and Port Arthur pioneers. After arriving at Winnipeg in 1944, she was employed for a number of years as a seed analyst, first with Federal Grain and later with Manitoba Pool Elevators until retirement in April 1983. A long-time member and former President of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association, her fiction writing appeared in various Canadian publications and on CBC Radio. She was awarded first prize in a Lady Eaton short-story competition. As well as being a member of the Manitoba Historical Society and Heritage Canada Foundation, she was a supporter of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Manitoba Opera Company. She died at Winnipeg on 28 July 2004.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 2004.

I.M. Vanira MacArthur, United Empire Loyalists of Canada database,

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 16 October 2020

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