Isn't it weird how you can discover things about people you knew, that you never knew! Yesterday I was looking at the obituary for my "Nana" (grandmother) Ruby Grieve Fenderson and noticed that she had been the Valedictorian of her graduating class at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. I emailed the school to find out what year she graduated and they responded right away with the answer: 1940!
Journaling: "Dear Nana, I remember you mentioning that you had been a math teacher and I knew you went to college, but I didn't know where - so cool that it was Mount Allison (my daughter's name is Allison) - or that you were Valedictorian! Love Katie."
I scanned in her photo and used a reprint for this page. I found the old postcard print of Mount Allison University on the internet, I think it is good to put these events - like graduating as valedictorian - into context of place - especially since I maybe saw this university once as a child but maybe never did; anyway - a picture is worth a thousand words right - it is nice to see what the place looks like. I have been finding lots of photos old schools and churches on the internet for The Century Scrapbook Album.
I am attaching her obituary printout to the back of this layout:
Saturday, July 24, 2004 - Bangor Daily NewsBANGOR and CALAIS Ruby E. Fenderson, 85, wife of the late Frank Fenderson, died July 22, 2004, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Harvey Station, New Brunswick, the daughter of Frederick and Sara (Wightman) Grieve. Ruby graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, as Valedictorian, following college she taught mathematics in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, where she met Frank at a skating rink while "White Christmas" was playing. She was married on Feb. 9, 1944. Ruby was an active volunteer and mother; she enjoyed gardening, painting, and collecting antiques. She was devoted to her husband, Frank, through 54 years of marriage until his death in March 1998. She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn and her husband, Ray Lapointe, of Glocester, R.I.; one son, David Fenderson of Veazie; her daughter-in-law, Margrette Fenderson of Veazie; six grandchildren, Kathryn Scott of St. Petersburg, Fla., Jennifer Fenderson of Springfield, Mo., Cherilyn Palmer, Catherine Stone, and Crista Fenderson, all of Sarasota, Fla., Craig Fenderson of Grande Prairie, Texas; nine great-grandchildren; a nephew, Laverne Swan and his wife, Bonnie, of Harvey Station, New Brunswick; and special friend, Mildred Butler of St. George, New Brunswick. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Hazel Cameron and Doris Grieve; brother, Stanley Grieve; and her son, Robert Fenderson. A service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, at All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, Pastor and Teacher, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the Hearth Room immediately following the service. Graveside services will be held 5 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Calais Cemetery, with the Rev. Dianne Graham, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Calais, officiating. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160B, Portland, ME 04101. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.
P.S. I got an email from Allison University today stating that Ruby was NOT actually the valedictorian :
As Brian mentioned your grandmother graduated in the Class of 1940. I have copies of the convocation programme but the valedictorian appears to have been Alexander MacIntosh. Your grandmother graduated magna cum laude with an arts degree. Her picture appears on page 33 of the Allisonian yearbook but I have been unable to locate other references to images of her.
I can make photocopies or scanned reproductions of the items but there is a charge of 29 cents a page with a $5 handling fee.
Let me know how you wish to proceed.
Mount Allison University"
So now I'm wondering how to change the scrapbook layout!