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Memorable Manitobans: Emily Sumi “Emilie” Denney (1907-1997)


Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1907, daughter of John Sumi (c1875-1951) and Emilie Eugene Sumi (1869-1947), she accompanied her family when they immigrated to Canada around 1912. She attended Normal School in Manitoba and began her career at Badger School (1929), then taught at Roseisle School (1929-1932) prior to becoming Principal of Mossey River School (1932-1933) and Springfield School (1933-1939). She taught at Stonewall Collegiate and Riverbend School for Girls prior to becoming a Lecturer at the University of Manitoba in 1945. She earned her BA degree (1941) from the University of Manitoba and PhD degree (1968) from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, she met and married Marcus William Denney (1906-1989). Returning to Manitoba, she retired as an Associate Professor in the French Department at the University of Manitoba, in 1974. She died at the Grace Hospital on 12 December 1997 and her cremains were interred in the Brookside Cemetery.


Death registrations [Emilie Eugene Sumi], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Successful candidates in teachers, combined and practical courses [Grade XI - Combined CourseProfessional A],” Manitoba Free Press, 19 August 1927, page 11.

“Result of summer school exams [Professional A],” Manitoba Free Press, 19 August 1927, page 11.

“Two are appointed to Transcona Schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 July 1939, page 8.

“Convocation rite will be staged in Civic Auditorium [Bachelor of Arts - General Course],” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 July 1939, page 8.

Obituary [Mrs. John Sumi], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1947, page 22.

Death notice [John Sumi], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1951, page 19.

“Items of social and personal interest [Mrs. R. S. Ritch and Mrs. A. M. McNicholl ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 1957, page 13.

Obituary [Marcus William Denney], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1990, page 45.

Winnipeg estate file PR90-01-19260, Marcus Denney, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1997, page D10.

Winnipeg estate file PR98-01-45645, Emily S. Denney, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 September 2017

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