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Memorable Manitobans: Dorothy Rutherford Turner Turnbull (1897-1970)


Born in England in April 1897, daughter of Arthur Tomas Turner (1867-1944) and Euphemia J. R. Turner (1873-?), she accompanied her mother and sister to Canada in 1906, her father having immigrated the year prior. They settled at Winnipeg and she attended school before moving to Elmwood. She graduated from Normal School and began her teaching career in East Kildonan, working at Polson School (1917-1919) and as a teacher (1920-1922) and Principal (1920-1921) at Lord Wolseley School, after which she worked at Prince Edward School. On 14 January 1925, she married John Turnbull at West Kildonan and the couple had a son, John S. Turnbull (b1930). They took up residence in East Kildonan, residing there for 40 years. She was a life member of the Gordon-King Memorial United Church, serving as Secretary of the Church Board and President the Church’s Women's organization, as well as President of the Church Home for Girls. She died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 16 September 1970 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Results of examinations for teachers’ certificates,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 July 1913, page 3.

Birth notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 26 April 1930, page 32.

Obituary [Arthur T. Turner], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1944, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1970, page 37.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 May 2017

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