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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Agnes “Betty” Nicks (1910-1999)


Born at Winnipeg on 13 February 1910, daughter of Frank W. Nicks (1884-1947) and Elizabeth Morrow (1885-1970), she received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba in 1928, at the age of 18. The following year, she received a teacher’s certificate from the Winnipeg Normal School then began a long teaching career in Winnipeg. (She attended summer school while teaching to receive a BEd in 1938 and MEd in 1948.) She taught at Victoria-Albert School, Glenelm School, Cecil Rhodes School, and William Whyte School (1936-1945), and was Principal of Wolseley School (1945-1953), William Whyte School (1953-1956), and Luxton School (1956-1962). In 1962, she left Winnipeg to become Headmistress of the Bishop Strachen School at Toronto, one of Canada’s oldest private schools for girls. She retired to Winnipeg in the early 1970s. She served as Secretary and President of the Winnipeg Women Teachers’ Association, President of the Winnipeg District Association, and President of the Manitoba Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She died at Winnipeg on 28 February 1999 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1999, page D8.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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