‘She enjoyed her work ‘ Mrs. Winifred May Gertrude Nisbett

Winifred May Gertrude Smith was born in Somerset Bermuda on 16th January 1931 to Leon Reginald Smith and Olive May Smith. She started her school very early in life at three years of age in a pre-school at the home of Mrs. Pomsey Lambert. By age 5 she attended the Southampton Glebe School under Mrs. Eulah Douglas. It was at that age she performed in her first operetta and took the leading role as little maid in ‘Sunny of Sunny side’ Winifred was deemed a very intelligent and gifted student. She was awarded the Louisa Gardenier Scholarship to attend the Berkeley Institute where she gained her Cambridge School Certificate but continued in the commercial class taking Typing, Shorthand, Office practice and Business English. In 1949 she began her teaching career at the Southampton East School under the leadership of Mrs. Winifred H. Brown. She left there a year later in September 1950 and entered teachers College in Hamilton Ontario having been awarded a Government Scholarship in 1951. Upon her return to Bermuda she rejoined the staff of Southampton East School and introduced Music and Drama into the curriculum. While teaching there she met and married the Reverend Thomas Nisbett in August 1954 who was lay reader of the St. Monica’s Mission Church in Pembroke. She became the assistant organist and then full-time from 1956-1959. She also took up the helm of organist for St. Alban’s choir under Mrs. Dorothy Sampson and joined the Mother’s Union. She became the recipient of a Diocesan Organ Scholarship Tutorial by Mr. John Bridge of the Bermuda Cathedral.  The Nisbetts became proud parents of a son in 1959 and it was at that time that her husband Thomas left Bermuda to study for the Ministry. This was a great sacrifice for the young couple as she remained in Bermuda to continue to teach until the Summer of 1963 . She than left and went to Barbados  to join her husband who had become an ordained Deacon. She taught at Princess Margaret School in St Philip and worked with the junior choir, Mother’s Union and Assistant organist there. The Nisbetts returned to Bermuda in January of 1965 and in May of that year became proud parents of another son . Mrs. Nisbett taught in eight local schools throughout Bermuda. Giving 21 yeas to the staff of the Central School. After 45 years she completed her field of Education. She supported her husband in his ministry for more than sixty years. Winifred loved sewing and cooking. She was a Past President of the Bermuda Readers Association and its corresponding Secretary. She was the chairperson for Bermuda and the Caribbean of  the International Reading Association and represented Bermuda at the IRA Annual Conference for many years. She volunteered her services for the Beacon House for the Blind. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Lioness Club and gave services to the St. George Rest Home every 1st. Sunday of each month and assisted at the continuing care unit when her husband Canon Thomas Nisbett conducted the services at the hospital chapel. Winifred indeed displayed her christian learning from her parents and never neglected to share that knowledge in her life. Her church family included St. Monica’s in Pembroke, St. Philip, St. James of  Somerset, St. Michael’s, St. John’s Anglican, and Christ Church in Devonshire. She lived a productive life and gave her all receiving much love from her fellow Christian friends.