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Memorable Manitobans: Myrtle Christina Evans Witherspoon (1906-1998)


Born at Westwood, Ontario on 29 March 1906, daughter of Ernest Raymond Evans and Janet Ellen Elmhirst, at an early age she moved with her family to a farm near Brookdale. She received a BEd degree from Brandon College and taught at Justice School (1927-1929) and Kenton School (1929-1930). On 16 July 1932, she married Bert Hunter Witherspoon (?-1971) in the RM of Langford and together they operated a store at Brookdale. They later moved to Brandon where she resumed teaching as the Principal of Rugby High School (1940-1941) and Kemnay School (1941-1942) and raised three children. In 1946, the family moved to Dominion City and she became Principal of Dominion City School, serving until 1956 when they moved to Winnipeg. She continued teaching, at Sargent Park School (1956-?) and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, and took courses at the University of Manitoba leading to an MEd degree. She retired in 1972. She died at Winnipeg on 10 March 1998 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1998, page 44.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 February 2016

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