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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Myrtle Goldstone Barnett (1911-2006)

Educator, community activist.

Born at Windthorst, Saskatchewan on 5 January 1911, her teaching career began in 1929 at Rossdale School, where she taught until 1935. She taught for most of her life, including at South Ward School (1936-1938) and Highland School (1959-1961), and was a private tutor and piano teacher for 19 years after retirement. On 23 September 1939, she married Alfred Barrett (?-?) and they lived their lives together at Selkirk. She was a founding member of the Selkirk Credit Union, later becoming Cambrian Credit Union. She was the founder, planner, and director of Tutor House, a personal care home and assisted living centre. She was a member of the Selkirk St. John’s Ambulance, Business and Professional Women’s Association, Manitoba Teacher’s Association, St. Andrew’s Advisory Committee, and other groups. She remained active and competed in swimming in the MSOS-55 plus games and Canada Senior Games, winning several metals. In 2000, she was awarded the Canadian Caring Award by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. She died at Selkirk on 8 January 2006 and was buried in the St. Andrews-on-the-Red Anglican Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 2006.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by John Redekopp.

Page revised: 16 July 2020

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