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Memorable Manitobans: Lillian Elizabeth Barker (1920-2005)


Born in the Lilyfield district on 5 April 1920, she was educated at Lilyfield School, Stonewall School, and the Central Normal School. In March 1942, she quit her job as a teacher at Good Hope School to join the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force. While in service, she met fellow teacher Alexander Robertson (?-1992), marrying him in 1951. They had no children. After completion of her military service in 1945, she returned to Manitoba and taught at Balmoral School and served as the Principal of Tolstoi School (1945-1946), Ninette School (1947-1949), and East Poplar Point School (1949-1951). Following her marriage, she lived at Victoria (British Columbia), Guelph (Ontario), Winnipeg, and Ottawa (Ontario). She taught at Alta Vista School in Ottawa from 1956 to 1977. She retired in 1977 and returned to Lilyfield where she resided until 1998 when she moved to Winnipeg. She was a member of the Winnipeg Art Forum, Shrine Ladies Auxiliary, Manitoba Airforce Women’s Auxiliary, St. James Horticultural Society, and Lilyfield United Church. She died at Winnipeg on 29 December 2005.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“They figure out how to help in air force,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1942, page 3.

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

Obituary [Alexander Robertson], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1992, page 85.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 2006, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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