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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Lou Forbes (?-1989)

Data processor.

Graduating from the Birtle Residential School in 1960, she completed a data processing course at MIT in 1961 and found employment in this field at the Manitoba Hospital Commission, Air Canada, Marshall Wells, Ashdowns, University of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Health Sciences Centre. In the last ten years of her life, she was employed at Lower Fort Garry Historic Park as a supervisor, implementing the Youth Volunteer Program in 1982 and helping to inaugurate the annual Red River Rendezvous. In 1984-1985, she took a Museum Technician Course at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, and helped develop St. Peter’s Church as a historic site. Forbes was a past and the founding President of the Selkirk Historical Society and was a member of numerous museum boards, including the Canadian Museums Association and the Manitoba Historical Society. She died at Clandeboye on 17 June 1989.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1989, page 33.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 March 2016

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