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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Kilvington Trott (1912-2000)

Community activist.

Born at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 29 March 1912, eldest daughter of Francis Harold “Frank” Semmens (1882-1959) and Jennie Evelyn Sutton (1883-1964), granddaughter of John Semmens, most of her life was spent at Winnipeg. On 28 August 1935, she married Robert Maxwell McGill (1908-1955) at Winnipeg. They later divorced and she married engineer William Alfred “Bill” Trott (1911-1987) with whom she had three children. She was a long-serving trustee for the Winnipeg School Division, Vice-President of the Urban School Trustees Association of Manitoba (1959-1960), National Vice-President of the IODE, and a volunteer with educational radio and television. In recognition of her community service, she was inducted into the Order of Canada (1980) and she received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). She died at Vernon, British Columbia on 15 December 2000.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registration, Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Engagements,” WInnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1936, page 9.

“Divorce decrees,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 May 1942, page 11.

“Brandon trustee president,” WInnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1959, page 4.

Death registration [Frank Harold Semmens], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Robert Maxwell McGill], Winnipeg Tribune, 2 January 1964, page 22.

Obituary [Jen. E. Semmens], WInnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1964, page 36.

Obituary [Lee Semmens Trott], WInnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1980, page 72.

Obituary [William Alfred Trott], WInnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1987, page 45.

Obituary, WInnipeg Free Press, 27 December 2000.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank E. James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 October 2021

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