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Memorable Manitobans: Isabelle Betsy Smith MacDonald (1906-2005)


Born at Winnipeg on 12 June 1906, daughter of Betsy Donald, her career in education included terms as Principal of Argyle School (1949-1953), Gladstone School (1953-1956), Victoria-Albert School (1956-1959), and John M. King School (1959-1964). In June 1964, she retired from teaching, married Bob MacDonald (?-1999) and moved with him to Lambeth, Ontario and later to Maple Ridge, British Columbia. She died there in May 2005.


Birth registration [Betsy Isabella Smith], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Public school assignments of teachers are announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1943, page 8.

“Convocation to mark graduation of 650,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1947, page 3.

“Presents for popular principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1964, page 28.

“MacDonald - Smith,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 1964, page 15.

“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 2001, page 56.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 2005, page 23.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2014

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