Memorable Manitobans: Jean Lucille Hannah (1925-2005)
Born at Waskada on 17 May 1925 to Lillian Kate Wintle (1896-1971) and Royden Spence (1887-1956), she received her education at Mimosa School, Waskada School, and the Central Normal School in Winnipeg and taught at Kinloss School (1943-1944). She married Murray Gibson Hannah (1925-2017), and together they farmed in the Waskada area all their lives, often hosting the Waskada Threshing Day event on their farm. They had five children.
She was fully involved in the Waskada community and was the first female member of the Village of Waskada Council. As an active and supportive member of the Waskada United Church and Evening Circle, she served on the board for several years and as the congregational secretary for 22 years. She also served on the committee that produced two Waskada United Church cookbooks. She was a member of the Board of Governors of Brandon University from 1989 to 1996.
In her younger years, she enjoyed curling and was a 4-H leader. Later, she took up golf. She and her husband enjoyed travelling to many locations across the globe. She was known for her culinary skills and her exquisite taste in clothing, and enjoyed reading, poetry, art, and theatre.
She died at Deloraine on 19 January 2005.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 2005.
Obituary [Murray G. Hannah], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 2017.
Jean Lucille Spence, Jean Lucille Spence Family Tree, Ancestry.
This page was prepared by Lois Braun.
Page revised: 12 January 2022