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Memorable Manitobans: Effie Marcella Hudgins Dafoe (c1865-1944)

Community activist.

Born at Williamsburg, Ontario around 1865, the oldest of four daughters, she was educated at the Alma College (St. Thomas, Ontario) and Albert University (Belleville, Ontario), specializing in music and art. She came to Winnipeg with her husband Charles E. Dafoe around 1912. She had two daughters: Mrs. M. E. Olmstead and Gretchen Dafoe. She was founding member of the Women’s Club, a charter member of the Handicraft Guild (Manitoba Branch), a life member of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and Provincial President of the National Council of Women. She was President of the Women’s Musical Club from 1920 to 1923. She died at her Winnipeg residence, 833 McMillan Avenue, on 6 October 1944 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


“Founder of Winnipeg Woman’s Club dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 October 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2019

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