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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Sewell “Sister Marie Dorothee” (1916-2014)

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Nun, educator.

Born at Lafleche, Saskatchewan on 7 November 1916, daughter of Joseph Sewell and Annie Bourassa, after completing high school in 1937, she went to La Puye, France to receive religious instruction leading to her taking vows as a nun in 1939. She came to Manitoba later that year and, in 1944, took her final vows at St. Adolphe. She embarked on a 35-year teaching career that included periods at St. Adolphe School, St. Malo School, and St. Claude School (1947-1951, 1962-1967), and at Willow Bunch and Lafleche in Saskatchewan. She ended her career as a guidance counselor for the St. Boniface School Division. She died at Winnipeg on 31 October 2014 and was buried in the St. Adolphe Cemetery.

Sources:

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2014

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