Memorable Manitobans: Mary Hume Walsh (1917-1999)
Educator, librarian, historian.
Born at Kemnay on 12 August 1917, daughter of Martha Bodnaryk (c1896-1992) and railwayman Wasyl Dawidowski (c1889-1970), she attended Hartney School, Shoal Lake School, and the Manitoba Normal School, graduating from the latter in 1938. She taught at Alexander School (circa 1940) and Boissevain Collegiate (1959-1964). In 1964, she moved to Brandon with her family and began an 18-year teaching career with the Brandon School Division, including at Harrison School (1965-1969) while taking BA (1972) and BEd (1975) degrees from Brandon University. In the late 1970s, she was appointed Supervisor of Libraries for the Division, holding the position until retirement in 1982, the same year that she published the book Brandon: A Prospect of a City. She was married twice, first to fellow educator William George Hume and they had two children. She later married James McCarthy Walsh (1928-1994). She died at Calgary, Alberta on 4 August 1999.
Birth registration [Maria Dawidowski], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Wasyl Dawidowski], Brandon Sun, 2 November 1970, page 7.
“History of Brandon pictorial planned,” Brandon Sun, 12 November 1980, page 3.
Obituary [Martha Dawidowski], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1992, page 28.
Obituary [James McCarthy Walsh], Brandon Sun, 21 June 1994, page 8.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 6 August 1999, page 50.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 December 2021