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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Montgomery (1890-1977)


Born in the North West Territories [now Saskatchewan] on 20 August 1890, daughter of James Montgomery (1861-1962) and Mary Jemima Montgomery (1872-1962), she began teaching at Saskatchewan in 1908 before accompanying her family to Virden where, in 1912, she began working at Virden School. She retired from teaching having served over a half-century, including one year in Scotland. In recognition of her service at Virden School, it was renamed Mary Montgomery School when she retired in June 1963. She returned to Saskatchewan and resided with sister at Regina. She died unmarried at the Regina General Hospital on 25 February 1977 and her body was returned to Virden for burial in the Virden Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary [Mary Jemima Montgomery], Virden Empire-Advance, 7 February 1962, page 8.

“Sunday kept in honor of teacher,” Brandon Sun, 22 June 1963, page 3.

“Mary Montgomery honored by community in special day marking her retirement,” Virden Empire-Advance, 26 June 1963, page 1.

“Virden [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1963, page 15.

Obituary, Regina Leader-Post, 26 February 1977, page 46.

Obituary, Virden Empire-Advance, 2 March 1977, page 8.

Virden Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

We thank Matthew Bro and Oswald Smith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 May 2021

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