|Carrie Isabel MacPhail was born May 1, 1902, and died Aug. 17, 1967,
the third daughter of James and Carrie MacPhail. Isabel
received her early education at the Perth Academy and
went on to Acadia University where she obtained her
B.A. and teaching certificate in 1921. She had met
Dean Rogers at Acadia when she was just 18 and he
was a young Major just returned from war. Isabel was
a bright, beautiful and vivacious young woman with a
zest for life and adventure. She played goal on the
University women’s ice hockey team. She taught
school in both New Brunswick and the State of Maine
while Dean completed his studies at Harvard. Isabel
took an active part in the community life of Pembroke
and, like Dean, enjoyed the outdoors pursuits of
hunting, fishing and skiing. So adventuresome was she
that she went on a fishing trip to Radiant Lake in
Algonquin Park on the 24th of May holiday in 1939.
There are photographs of her perched on a log chute on
the little Madawaska River dated May 31, 1939. The
writer, her youngest son, was born in Pembroke on
June 2, 1939!
Isabel took a great interest in cultural and educational
matters and served on, and chaired, the School Board
for many years. She was instrumental in bringing
Community Concerts and other theatrical productions
to the town and was on the board of the Victorian
Order of Nurses and various church women’s groups.
She was superintendent of the Wesley United Church
Sunday school for many years. She was a warm and
loving, intelligent and stimulating woman, wife,
mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor and citizen.
Children of Carrie (MacPhail) & Dean Rogers:
Dean MacPhail, David Page, Gordon Hartt