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Publication: "Loyalist Trails" UELAC Newsletter
Issue: 2013-05 Feb. 3, 2013
Title: Last Post: PHELPS, Marion Louise(1908-2013)
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Last Post: PHELPS, Marion Louise(1908-2013)
Marion Louise Phelps, a long time historian, curator and archivist of the Brome County Historical Society at Knowlton, Quebec, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2013. She was born on February 9, 1908, in the Township of Stukely, Shefford County, the daughter of William Walter Phelps and Maude McDougall.
Marion went to school at the Blake Schoolhouse, at the Stukely Village stone school, and later at Waterloo High School. After obtaining her teacher?s degree at the School for Teachers, Macdonald College, in 1927, she taught one year at St. Jovite, one year at Ste. Agathe, one year at Farnham, three years at Waterloo High School, before coming at the Heroes? Memorial High School in Cowansville where she taught full time from 1933 to 1964, grades 4, 5 and 6. After retiring, she came back to Heroes? Memorial, teaching arts part time until 1969.
In 1959, she was named curator of the Brome County Historical Society Museum, position she kept until the late 1980?s. She then became the archivist of the Brome County Historical Society, function she kept until March 2005, when she finally decided to retire.
In 2001, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network inaugurated the ?Marion Phelps Award?. The first recipient was Marion Phelps herself. The award is given annually to an individual for his or her ?Outstanding long-term contribution to the protection and preservation of Anglophone heritage in the Province of Quebec?.
Marion was a great friend of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch since its beginning in 1967. In October 1969, in recognition of her worthwhile contribution to our branch, Marion Phelps was made Honourary Member of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch. Through the years, our genealogists have always benefited from her invaluable assistance in the documentation of Loyalist lineage.
She will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies to the family.
Michel Racicot, Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch