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Memorable Manitobans: Frances Elizabeth Gray Ateah (1910-1990)


Born on a farm in the RM of Franklin on 23 March 1910, daughter of Leila Ethel Spackman (1879-1965) and Frank Varley Gray (c1878-1964), she taught at Victoria Beach School (1941-1943) and was the Principal of Kirkfield Park School (1944-1953). The last 15 years of her teaching career were spent at Sisler High School, after which she spent several years in retirement operating a guest home. She was married twice. On 17 May 1942, she married Aman “Andy” Ateah at Winnipeg. They divorced in November 1951. Her second marriage was to Claude Kapitan (c1905-1959). She had no children. She died at the Grace Hospital on 12 March 1990 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Frank V. Gray,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1944, page 18.

“Absolute decrees of divorce granted to 12,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1951, page 14.

Obituary [Claude Kapitan], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1959, page 25.

Obituary [Frank Varley Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1964, page 33.

Obituary [Leila Ethel Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 August 1965, page 20.

Obituary [Frances Kapitan], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1990, page 41.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2019

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