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Memorable Manitobans: Florence Mae Shirtliffe Farenhurst (1903-2006)


Born at St. Francois Xavier on 10 September 1903, daughter of Frederick “Fred” Shirtliffe and Mary Welch (1872-?), she was raised near Starbuck and educated in a rural single-room school and St. Mary’s Academy. She attended the Provincial Normal School and was the Principal of Alonsa School (1928-1929) and Lundar School (1931-1933), later teaching at Grandin School in Fort Garry and was Principal of another school in the area. On 14 April 1941, she married Thomas Ambrose Farenhurst at the St. Mary’s Chapel in Winnipeg. They had one daughter and she took a break from teaching to raise their family (1941-1952). She was a lay teacher at St. Mary’s Academy before joining the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at at Cecil Rhodes School, Robert H. Smith School (1955-1956), Brock Corydon School (1956-1962), Wellington School (1963-1964), and Gladstone School (1964-1969). During this time, she also earned a BA from the University of Manitoba. She died at Winnipeg on 17 April 2006.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“St. Mary’s Chapel pretty setting for wedding,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1941, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 2006, page 38.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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