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Memorable Manitobans: Vera Mae deBues (?-2004)

Community activist.

Born Vera Mae Bradshaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Bradshaw, she was a dedicated community volunteer and served nationally and locally as Vice-President, Chairperson, or member of various organizations, including the P.S. Ross Organizational Task Force, Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women, and the board of United Way. She participated and gave leadership to many conferences and seminars. While serving as President of the Winnipeg YWCA, she participated in the YWCA of Canada National Purpose Study, 1969-1970, and in 1981 was elected President of the YWCA of Canada. On 16 August 1947, she married Arthur Frank deBues. They had no children. She died at Winnipeg on 11 April 2004 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


“Vera Mae Bradshaw bride of A. F. deBues,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1947, page 8.

Obituary [Annie Laurie deBues], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1979, page 59.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 2004.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 11 December 2020

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