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Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

AGM 2019

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This Old Elevator
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Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
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Memorable Manitobans: Winnifred Anna Yuill Whitley (1907-1997)


Born at Carman on 14 November 1907, daughter of David W. Yuill and Winnifred Sarah Wellwood (1879-1970), she was educated at Melita School, being a member of the first grade 12 class to graduate from that institution. In 1923, she took a course in typing and shorthand at Brandon then worked for two years as a stenographer in her father’s law office at Melita. From 1926 to 1928, he worked toward an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, graduating in the latter year. She returned to Melita in 1930 and continued her office work while articling. In 1934, she was called to the Manitoba Bar, becoming one of the first female lawyers in Manitoba. She practiced law at Cypress River for a few months, then at Newdale for four years. She returned to Melita in 1939 and practiced with her father until retirement in 1974. On 31 December 1951, she married Chester W. Whitley (?-1955). She was an active member of the Melita Presbyterian Church, of which she became the first female Elder in 1970. She was also a member of the Rebekah and Eastern Star Lodges, Liberal Party, Antler River Historical Society, and Melita Horticultural Society. She died on 8 November 1997.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Crerar Building (129 Souris Street, Melita)


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Our First Century: 1884-1984 by Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983, page 802.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 13 November 1997, page 12.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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