Sad news from today's provincial newspaper.
Margaret Emma Messenger, born Sept 20, 1922 in Newellton, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County, NS, died Wed, April 25, 2012, age 89, in hospital at Yarmouth NS. A very gifted woman, she was a school teacher (mathematics and algebra) for many years, and had written 13 books on mathematical subjects (She taught me algebra in high school in the 1960's; I read her university thesis years ago, and it was brilliant).
Margaret was well-known as a genealogist and local historian. She was a member and guiding light for 40 years of the Archelaus Smith Historical Society on Cape Sable Island, named for the first SMITH settler in the area in the 18th century, who was the 5th generation SMITH descended from Ralph Smith b. 1610 in England, and was a founder of Hingham, MA. Archelaus Smith married Elizabeth Nickerson and they lived out their lives in the Cape Sable Island NS area.
Survived by many nieces and nephews, Margaret was predeceased by a sister Ethel and brothers Melbourne, Walton, and Robert Messenger.
Graveside service was at Newellton Cemetery, CSI, on Saturday April 28, 2012. Memorial donations may be made to the Archelaus Smith Historical Society in Centreville, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, B0P 1J0.
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