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Memorable Manitobans: Cecile Rioux (1909-2003)

Nun, educator.

Born at Bedford on 11 April 1909, daughter of Theophile Rioux and Leontine Cote, she entered the novitiate of the Grey Nuns on 5 August 1927 and made her temporary vows on 15 February 1930. In 1933, she was assigned to teach at St. Norbert and later became a teacher, school director and local superior in Ste-Anne-des-Chenes. From 1956 to 1968, and again from 1971 to 1974, she was the Order’s Provincial Secretary. She spent a few years in Sao Luis, Brazil and, after her return to Manitoba, studied braille and taught English as a second language. She was noted for her love of reading and keen intelligence. She died at Winnipeg on 22 August 2003.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 2003.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 9 September 2017

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