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ALICE EVELYN BROWN (published on September 17, 2011)



ALICE EVELYN BROWN 1916 - 2011 Alice Evelyn Brown, of the Treesbank District, departed this life on September 14, 2011. Alice was born on September 20, 1916, the first child of Guy and Agnes Hetherington (Burnet). Guy was the son of Albert E. and Alice Hetherington (Turner) who, in 1881, came to homestead in the Souris District from Millbrook, ON along with other members of the Sowden party. Throughout her life, Alice treasured memories of her early years with her beloved family on the farm near Souris. Alice was a proud Canadian with lines from all branches of her family arriving in Ontario from Great Britain before Confederation. Alice graduated, after skipping three grades, from the Souris School at the age of 14. Her first job was with her father at his law office in Souris. Alice married Morley Brown in Souris in 1938 and moved to their farm at SE 19-8-16 in the Treesbank District. In 1941 Morley joined the RCAF and Alice, with their son David, stayed with her parents in Brandon while he was stationed in Rivers. In 1945, Alice and Morley moved to Winnipeg. After Bob and Linda were born, Alice began her long academic career, with the encouragement and support of Morley. She attended United College and the University of Manitoba. A brilliant student, she attained her Honours BA in 1952 and BPED in 1955. In the early 1950s Alice began her first teaching job but continued her academic progress, which included Summer Sessions at Northwestern University, Harvard, and the University of Western Michigan where in 1968 she received a Master's degree in Library and Information. Alice had a long and successful career as an educator with the Winnipeg School District and taught a variety of grade levels at Balmoral Hall, Clifton School, Principal Sparling School and Gordon Bell. She was Teacher/Librarian with the Winnipeg School District at Sisler School in 1964-1965, Hugh John McDonald in 1965-1966 and Daniel MacIntyre 1966-1969. Alice became Library Supervisor for the St. James Assiniboine School District and in 1972 received the Encyclopedia Brittanica School Library award in recognition of significant improvement of Elementary School Libraries. Throughout her life, History was Alice's passion and in this field she was a notable Historian and prolific author. She was particularly interested in the history of the Fur Trade in SW Manitoba and in locating fur trading posts in that area; an interest shared by her husband Morley. Alice wrote many articles that are archived in the Manitoba Historical Society's Transactions and helped Margaret Macleod with research for her book Cuthbert Grant of Grant Town . A Manitoba Historical Society member from the 1940s, she was president of the Society from 1965-1967. Alice edited and wrote many articles for the Manitoba Pageant, a publication designed to encourage young people's interest in provincial history. In 1979, Alice conceived of and was instrumental in launching a program to recognize farms and other properties that had survived 100 years and continued to be owned by the first family that claimed title. This program (Century Farms) continues to be widespread and popular. In 1970 she was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Historical Society for her work in the cause of promoting Manitoba History. 1982 marked the end of nearly 40 years in Winnipeg when Alice retired and returned to her deep roots in SW Manitoba where Morley and she established a retirement home on the banks of a little stream that explorer David Thompson named Five Mile Creek. Alice was a tireless and unflinching advocate who often directed her skills and energy towards helping others. When she asked Is there anything I can do to help? she really meant it and her help and advice was often decisive. Both in Winnipeg and the Treesbank District, Morley and Alice welcomed many visitors with warmth and hospitality. Educator, Academic, Author, Historian all describe Alice, but the role from which she gained the greatest satisfaction, was that of Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Her heart was filled with love for her family and she took great interest in and was proud of their accomplishments. She was an important part of all of their lives. Hers was a wonderful, rich, long life lived by an extraordinary woman. Dearly loved, she will be deeply missed. Alice was predeceased by her mother Agnes (1959), her father Guy (1973), son David (1986) and husband Morley (2002), and brother Ab (2002). She is survived by her son Robert (Jennifer McKenna), daughter Linda (Tony Wessels) and sister Eileen Warren. Her grandchildren Les, Evan, and Alexander (David), Jamie, Susie and Kristin (Bob) and Lindsay (Linda). Her great- grandchildren Cory and Rudy (Evan Brown), Brittnay, Stephanie, Michael (Alexander Brown and Tawny), Findlay, Liam and Owen (Jamie Brown and Rachel Donner), Ketri, Max, Soleil, and Louis (Susie Brown and Steve Grise) and James and Jordie (Kristin Brown and Jack Ouellet). The Funeral service will be held at the Treesbank Community Church in Treesbank MB, on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Mark Murray officiating. Interment to follow in the Wawanesa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Alice's name may be sent to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family by visiting www.willmorchapel.com. Jamieson's Funeral Service of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.


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