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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Agatha Naylen “Kathryn / Kate” McGillis (1893-1972)

Educator.

Born in Manitoba on 30 January 1893, third daughter of Edward Naylen (c1861-1917) and Bridget Naylen (1856-1939), she resided in the RM of Wallace (1911) before attending the Central Normal School. She taught at Omro School (1914-1915) before returning to Winnipeg where she was Principal of the Detention Home School (1921-1925). On 29 June 1925, she married Donald Angus McGillis (1887-1961) at St. Anastasius Church at Oak Lake. The couple had two children: Gerald McGillis and Donald E. McGillis. She died at Peterborough, Ontario on 21 January 1972 and buried there in St. Peters Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Results of teachers’ examinations announced [Kate A. Naylen],” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 July 1911, page 3.

“Teachers’ examinations [Kate Agatha Naylen],” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 July 1912, page 3.

“McGillis - Naylen,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1925, page 7.

“McGillis - Naylen,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 July 1925, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1972, page 35.

Saint Peters Roman Catholic Cemetery, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 February 2015

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