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Memorable Manitobans: Alice Mary Elizabeth Cheatley (1918-2017)


Born on a farm near Fisherton in 1918, one of seven children born to Wilson James Tweddell (1883-1958) and Mary Bella McDonald (1894-1988), as a teenager she came to Winnipeg to complete high school and attend the Central Normal School. She taught at schools in rural Manitoba before returning to Winnipeg where she taught at Aberdeen School (1951-1952, 1954-1961), Norquay School (1952-1954), and Grant Park High School (1967-1968), and served as Vice-Principal of River Heights School (1968-1969) and Principal of Fort Rouge School (?-?). She completed BA, BEd, and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba and a PhD degree from the University of North Dakota (1977). She and husband J. Bruce Cheatley (?-1989) had no children. She was President of the University Womens Club of Winnipeg (1981-1983), President of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, President of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, and was a founding member of the Manitoba Research Council. She is a long-time supporter of arts and culture including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and School, and social service institutions including the United Nations Association in Canada. In recognition of her community service, she was inducted into the Order of Canada (2002) and she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She died at Winnipeg on 20 November 2017.


Marriage registration [Wilson James Tweddell], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary [Mary Bella Tweddell], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 1988, page 31.

Obituary [J. Bruce Cheatley], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 1989, page 36.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 December 2017.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 December 2017

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