Bean, Mary Jean Woodward, 1921-2011

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Bean, Mary Jean Woodward, 1921-2011

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Mary Jean Woodward Bean was born in North Hatley, Quebec, in 1921. Mary was the daughter of Guy Woodward and Grace Reed. Mary had fivc siblings; Betty Holmes, Barbara Reed, Nancy Elliot, Jo-Anne Rand, and Philip Woodward. She married the late Gordon Bean. Mary graduated from the School of Teachers, MacDonald College, at the age of 18. She first taught at Potton #5, a one-room school house, three miles from Masonville. Mary taught primary and secondary grades in Bishopton, North Hatley, and Lennoxville. She took extra courses from Queen's University and Goddard College where she earned her B.A degree and went on to receive her B. Ed. from McGill University. She wrote for Spider Magazine, published a historical geneology called The Hatley Reeds, and published a biography on Julia Grace Wales. Mary and Gordon had six children; Tom,. Kathleen, Chris, Fred, Greg, and Nick. Mary died on 9 October 2011.


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