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Memorable Manitobans: Dorothy Marion Faris (1918-2016)

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Dorothy Marion Faris
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Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 27 November 1918, the youngest of eleven children born to William Scott Armstrong (1871-1918) and Carlotta Jane Lindsay (1882-1950), her first husband Archibald McClintock was killed over Germany in 1942. Her second husband Robert Faris died at Victoria Beach in 1954 and her son Tim Faris died in 1956. She became a devoted volunteer at the Children’s Hospital for sixty years, chairing and sitting on many committees, including the Book Market, Guild Council, Guild Liaison, Research Council and Board of Directors. She was a founding member of the Children’s Hospital Book Market and Peter Pan Club. In recognition of her service to the community, she was awarded the Health Science Centre’s Teddy Award for Builders (1986), City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, and Lottie J. Armstrong Unsung Hero Award (1999), an award named after her sister, and Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (1999), which has been elevated to The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, and received posthumously. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 16 March 2016.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations [William Armstrong], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Two Winnipeg airmen now presumed dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 July 1942, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 2016.

“The mighty and the colourful” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2016, pages D13-D17.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Bob McClintock for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Mallory Light and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 May 2017

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