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Memorable Manitobans: Mae Millicent Davidson Dobbyn (1907-1989)

Educator.

Born at Turtle Lake, North Dakota on 4 May 1907, daughter of Ruby Theresa Farrell (1885-1918) and Lewis Wesley Davidson (1884-1920), her family came to Canada in 1912 and settled in Saskatchewan. She was educated there before coming to Manitoba where she attended Melita School and the Brandon Normal School. She embarked on a 27-year teaching career, serving at Broomhill School, Reston School, Clanwilliam School, Beresford School, Elphinstone School, Napinka School, and Melita School, spending 18 years at the latter. Musically talented, she organized centennial choirs at Melita School in 1967 and 1970. In the latter year, in recognition of her community service, she received the Manitoba Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society. She retired in June 1972. On 12 August 1931, she married Robert Borden Dobbyn (?-?) at Melita and they had three children. She died at Melita on 26 August 1989.

Sources:

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Melita teacher honored,” Brandon Sun, 8 July 1972, page 10.

Mae Millicent Davidson, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 November 2020

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