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Memorable Manitobans: Ilo Elizabeth McHaffie McDonald (1899-1988)


Born at Souris on 1 September 1899, daughter of Mary Ann Young (1871-1953) and David Roy McHaffie (1871-1939), she and her family moved to a farm near Swan River in 1903. She entered Wesley College in 1916 and graduated with a BA degree in 1920, serving as Lady Stick of her graduating class. She trained at the Saskatoon Normal School and received a teaching certificate later in 1920. She served as the Principal of Kamsack (Saskatchewan) School (1920-1921), Clandeboye School (1921-1923), Winnipeg Beach School (1923-1924), and Pierson School (1924-1925).

On 11 April 1925, she married farmer Henry Roy Beddome McDonald (1895-1980) of Clandeboye and they had three daughters and two sons. She was an active member of the Clandeboye United Church, becoming one of the first female Elders in Canada.

She died at Winnipeg on 30 June 1988 and was buried in the Clandeboye Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Manitoba agricultural college examinations [French Grammar],” Manitoba Free Press, 6 January 1915, page 4.

“[A number of Swan River young people have recently left ...],” Swan River Star, 3 October 1919, page 1.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Mary Ann McHaffie dies at Selkirk,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 2 July 1953, page 1.

Obituary [Roy Beddome McDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1980, page 99.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1988, page 27.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2021

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