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Memorable Manitobans: Nellie Blanche Lyons Gobert (1882-1959)

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Nellie Blanche Lyons Gobert
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Born at Delhaven, Nova Scotia on 1 April 1882, daughter of Catherine Olivia Taylor (1856-1944) and Joseph Harris Lyons (1853-?), and sister of Manson Ainslie Lyons, she lived at the family residence in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia (1901). Between 1901 and 1911, she moved to Alberta where she taught at the village of Penhold (1911). Around 1912, she married Cyrus Charles “Cy” Gobert (1874-1947) of Terre Haute, Illinois. The couple had three children: Mancil Joseph “Bert” Gobert (1913-1984), Catherine Alice Gobert (1915-1980, wife of Richard Robert Drawson), and Charles Eugene Gobert (1916-1968). They relocated to Manitoba in the early 1920s and settled at Selkirk where she taught (1924-1929) and was Principal of the Central School (1929-1945). Upon her retirement in December of 1945, she was feted by the community and given a traveling case, jewellery, and other gifts. She died at her Selkirk home, 233 Eveline Street, on 21 July 1959 and was buried in the St. Clement’s Anglican Cemetery.


Birth registration, Nova Scotia Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

“Manitoba briefs - Selkirk,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 December 1945, page 3.

Obituary [Cyrus Charles Gobert], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1947, page 7.

“Mrs. Mcleod holds tea for daughter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1948, page 10.

“Former Selkirk teacher dies suddenly at home,” Selkirk Enterprise, 22 July 1959, page 1.

Obituary [Charles Eugene Gobert], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1968, page 30.

Death registrations [Charles Eugene Gobert], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Catherine Alice Drawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1980, page 45.

Obituary [Mancil Joseph Gobert], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1984, page 33.

Obituary [Irene Winsome Gobert], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 2009, page C13.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Valdine Michaud and Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 December 2019

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