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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Bone (?-1989)

Community leader.

The oldest record of Mary Bone dates to 1882, making her at least 107 years old at the time of her death, though a Winnipeg relative reportedly possessed documents that placed her birth in October 1871. A matriarch of the Keeseekoowenin Indian Reserve, she never spoke the English language, although she understood it, speaking instead her native Salteaux language. She was active in the Presbyterian Church but still retained many of her native traditions. She died at Strathclair, Manitoba on 21 January 1989.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday, 26 January 1989, pages 1 and 4.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 30 September 2009

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