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Memorable Manitobans: Edythe May Wood (1904-1998)

Educator.

Born at Scarborough, Yorkshire, England on 24 May 1904, she came to Canada with her family in 1911 and settled at Medora. She attended Medora School and Melita High School. She worked as a night telephone operator prior to attending Brandon Normal School and soon after went to Camper in northern Manitoba to work as a permit teacher. She later taught in Brandon at David Livingston School (1934-1936), Alexandra School (1936-1941), and Earl Oxford School (1941-1943). In 1943, she took over the Principalship of Fleming School, just the second woman to take on such a post in Brandon. She stayed there until 1949, when she retired from teaching and went to work in real estate at Wasagaming.

She was elected to the Brandon School Division as a School Board Trustee. In 1960, she became the administrator of the Brandon Allied Arts Center and stayed in that position until visual impairment in 1970 forced her retirement. She was a member of the Business Professional Group as well as the Council of Women.

She died at Erickson on 9 March 1998 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Voices of Yesteryear [Audiocassette], 1982. Westman Oral History Collection by the Westman Oral History Association (Effie McPhail, Chair). S. J. McKee Archives.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 14 March 1998, page 110.

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2015

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