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Memorable Manitobans: Helen Margaret Murchie Dickie (1912-1993)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Strathclair on 25 May 1912, one of six daughters of Alexander Reid “Alex” Murchie (c1880-1941) and Mary McKay Morton (c1884-1949), she grew up on the family farm near Ipswich and attended Strathclair School and Brandon Normal School. She taught at Elphinstone School (?-?), Solgirth School (?-?), Dand School (1940-1942), and was Principal of Erickson School (1943-1945). On 12 February 1942, she married John Bruce Dickie (1917-2001) at the Hartney United Church. They had two children: Dayna Lee Mary Dickie (1947-1948) and James Reid Dickie. She worked in a general store at Hayfield (?-1957) before moving to Shoal Lake in 1957, along with employment as a substitute teacher and a postal worker. She died at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre on 4 May 1993 and was buried in the Shoal Lake Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Alexander Reid Murchie], Shoal Lake Star, 13 February 1941, page 1.

“Dickie - Murchie,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 February 1942, page 9.

“Mrs. A. R. Murchie,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1949, page 4.

Obituary, Shoal Lake Star, 18 May 1993, page 11.

Obituary [John Bruce Dickie], Shoal Lake Star, 3 February 2001, page 7.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 November 2018

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