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Memorable Manitobans: Maria Emma McDougall Brabant (1904-1982)


Born at Ritchot on 28 November 1904, daughter of Joseph Albert McDougall (c1873-1956) and Josephine Delorme (c1875-1949), she was known by her middle name. Working in what became the St. Vital School Division, she was a long-serving teacher (1924-1927, 1944-1963) and Principal (1929-1930) at Vermette School and also worked at Lavallee School before retiring in 1969. On 29 December 1926, she married Moise Brabant (c1898-1958) at the St. Boniface Cathedral. The couple took up residence in St. Vital and had six children: Reverend David Brabant, Emile Brabant, Maurice Leo “Moe” Brabant, Isobel Brabant (wife of Mr. Mourant), Leonie Brabant (wife of Mr. Olcen), and Henri Brabant. They resided on Lot 159 off St. Anne’s Road and she as a founding member of the St. Emile Catholic Women’s League. She died at Winnipeg on 5 March 1982 and was buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Brabant - McDougall,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 January 1927, page 8.

Obituary [Mrs. Joseph McDogall; sic], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1949, page 36.

Obituary [Joseph Albert McDougall], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1956, page 43.

Winnipeg estate file #53154, Joseph Albert McDougall, Archives of Manitoba.

“Better half really is - at winning jumble," Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1956, page 9.

Obituary [Moise Brabant], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1958, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1982, page 28.

Obituary [Maurice Leo Brabant], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 2008, page C14.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 October 2017

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