Memorable Manitobans: Hazel Maria Kellington (1899-1991)
Born in the Rural Municipality of Langford on 8 November 1899, daughter of William A. Kellington (1862-1937) and Caroline “Carrie” Bradigan (1879-1958), she taught for two years at Dumfries School then moved to Neepawa where she taught primary grades for 45 years at the Neepawa Central School and West Park School. She was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the Neepawa Teachers’ Federation (1931), Secretary of the Neepawa Business and Women’s Professional Club (1948), and Noble Grand of the Neepawa Rebekah Lodge. She was also an accomplished pianist, involving herself with music festivals and school concerts. When the West Park School was opened in 1951, she was its teacher-in-charge. Upon her retirement in 1965, the school was renamed in her honour as Hazel M. Kellington School. She retired to Victoria, British Columbia that summer and died there on 14 October 1991.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901, 1911, and 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives of Canada.
“Neepawa teachers elect,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 October 1931, page 7.
Obituary [William Andrew Kellington], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1937, page 7.
Heritage - A History of the Town of Neepawa and District as Told and Recorded by its People 1883-1983 by Neepawa History Book Committee.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1991, page C37.
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