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Memorable Manitobans: Mollie Irene Beard Ives (1920-2008)

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Mollie Irene Ives
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Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 1 January 1920, she worked as a receptionist at the Winnipeg Clinic, a censor for the Manitoba Film Board, and a real estate agent. She volunteered on the board of directors of the St. Vital YMCA, Paraplegic Association, and the March of Dimes. On 29 May 1937, she married Charles William “Charlie” Ives at Winnipeg and they had a daughter. In November 1969, she became the first woman to successfully plead her own case before the Supreme Court of Canada, in a land expropriation matter. She died on 7 August 2008.

See also:

Mollie-Irene Ives: Dressing for Court by Sharon Reilly
Manitoba History, Number 56, October 2007


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 2008, page C16.

“Manitobans’ legacy a better province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 May 2021

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