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Memorable Manitobans: Beatrice Fern Orriss (1903-1979)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Morton on 27 May 1903, daughter of Angelina Bruce (1867-1950) and David Orriss (1860-1925), she lived near the Fairburn district until around 1911 when her family moved to Boissevain. She attended teacher training at the Brandon Normal School (c1923) and taught at Bernice School (?-?), Richview School (1925-1926), Riverside School (1926-1927), Boissevain School (1940-1957), and Jubilee School (1957-1968), the latter where she was Principal (1962-1967). She died at the Boissevain Health Centre on 26 December 1979 and was buried in the Boissevain Cemetery.


Birth and death [David Orriss] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Around town [Miss Fern Orriss],” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 September 1923, page 5.

Morden estate file (ATG 0064A), #3082 David Orriss, GR0348, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Mrs. David Orriss], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1950, page 42.

Brandon estate file (ATG 0064A), #25529 Beatrice Fern Orriss, GR2988, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1980, page 23.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 November 2021

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