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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Elizabeth Poor Thomson (1911-1994)


Born at Joliet, Illinois on 22 May 1911, daughter of Justin Morris Poor (c1885-1972) and Theresa [Teresa] Riley (1890-1970), she moved with her family to Sanford in 1922 and attended Sanford School. She graduated from the Central Normal School and initially taught in Winnipeg. On 10 February 1935, she married Alexander Robb Thomson (1914-1987) at Winnipeg and they had four children, one of whom was Alexander Kenneth “Ken” Thomson (c1937-1984). She returned to teaching in 1942 at Golden Valley School before moving to St. Vital in 1944, and again in 1960, to St. Norbert. Her career included working in St. Vital as a teacher (1953-1957) and Principal (1953-1956) of Woodlawn School, as well as in Norwood. She retired from Hastings Elementary School in 1968. She was as member of the Holy Cross Parish Church. She died at Winnipeg on 10 August 1994 and was buried in the St. Norbert Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Mrs. Theresa Poor], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1970, page 31.

Obituary [Justin Morris Poor], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1972, page 39.

Obituary [Alexander Kenneth Thomson], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1984, page 39.

Obituary [Alexander Robb Thomson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1987, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1994, page C9.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 July 2018

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