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Memorable Manitobans: Sarah Ann Thompson “Helen” Hunt (1908-2007)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Minto on 2 October 1908, daughter of William “Bill” Thompson (1882-?) and Elizabeth Jane Wark (1888-?), she lived her early years at Minnedosa, Clanwilliam, and Erickson. After completion of grade school, she attended the Central Normal School in Winnipeg and began her teaching career at Egilson School. While working there, she met and married Joseph Hunt (c1896-1991) at Neepawa on 8 August 1928. The couple had four children: Helen Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Hunt (wife of Melborne Roy Willits), Joseph Raymond Hunt (c1930-1962), John William Hunt (c1933-1957), and Donald Hunt. They resided at Flin Flon, Scandinavia, Otter Lake, and Middlechurch before settling at 595 Martin Avenue in Winnipeg. As the primary bread-winner of her family, she worked as Principal of New Rosewell School (1952-1957) and specialized in English as a Second Language classes a well as reading to children with disabilities. She later retired from Morse Place Junior High School and eventually moved to Pleasant View Lodge at Cooks Creek. She died at Winnipeg on 17 January 2007 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [John William Hunt], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1957, page 31.

“Hunt - Carder,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1958, page 11.

Obituary [Joseph Raymond Hunt], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1962, page 28.

“Willits - Hunt,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 1963, page 12.

“Willits - Hunt,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1963, page 16.

Obituary [Joseph Hunt], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 1991, page E49.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 2007, page C12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 2007.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 October 2016

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