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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Grace Moody Young (1900-1992)

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Born at Winnipeg on 20 May 1900, daughter of Arthur William Moody and Elizabeth Jane Holland, sister of Herbert Henry Gatenby Moody, she graduated from Kelvin High School with a scholarship in English in 1916. From 1916 to 1920 she attended McGill University, taking a bachelor degree and honours course in English. Returning to Winnipeg, she worked at the Winnipeg Public Library from 1920 to 1924, as reference librarian and assistant to Robert Cuthbert Johnstone. She was in charge of the library from 1924 to 1925.

On 22 August 1925, she married educator Norman Young and accompanied him in work at Achimota College in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) between 1925 and 1928. They returned to Winnipeg and had three daughters and a son. In 1929, they founded Ravenscourt School (now merged as St. Johns Ravenscourt) and, in its first year, she taught French and music, and acted as bursar and dietician. From 1942 to 1945, she was war services secretary of the YWCA and, in 1947, she was appointed to the Manitoba Film Censor Board and served for ten years.

She died at Ottawa, Ontario on 2 May 1992 and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. Gertrude Lennox retiring from censor board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 1947. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary [Grace Moody Young], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1992, page 34.

We thank Emma Prescott for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 November 2020

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