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Memorable Manitobans: Alice Bernice Keith Laing (1925-2019)


Born on a farm in the Otterburne West district on 8 July 1925, daughter of Ivy and Robert Keith, she attended Marais School and the St. Pierre Convent School. She began a teaching career at Ridgewood School (1943-1944) and Mulvey Hill School (1944-1945). On 10 November 1945, she married farmer W. T. Edward Laing (1921-2015) and they had three children. In her mid-40s, she returned to teaching, serving at Elmdale School (1968-1978) and as the Principal at Southwood School (1978-1988). She was a member of the Steinbach United Church. She and her husband wrote two books of local history: Pioneers of Clearsprings (2001) and The Great Farming Country of Otterburne West (2006). She died at Steinbach on 8 June 2019 and was buried in the Clearsprings Cemetery.


Obituary [William T. Edward Laing], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 2015.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2019

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