Memorable Manitobans: Lila Muriel Burge Kennedy (1908-2007)
Born at Virden on 14 March 1908, the youngest child of seven children to Eliza Jane Tufts (1877-1966) and William Burge (1864-1933), she attended the Brandon Normal School and began a 50-year teaching career in 1923, serving succesively at McMunn School (1926-1928), Fishers Siding School (?-?), and Wycliffe School (1934-1935), where she was President of the Sifton Women’s Institute (1934) and met Robert Roy Kennedy (1905-1979).
They married on 12 October 1935 at Virden and moved to Sherridon in 1940, where she continued her career in education. They relocated again in 1952, to Lynn Lake, where she taught until 1963 before moving to Winnipeg and taking a teaching position in the Seven Oaks School Division, at Governor Semple School (?-?) and Templeton School (?-1973), the latter from which she retired as Teaching-Principal.
She died at Winnipeg on 21 March 2007 and was possibly buried with her husband at Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Sixteen girls at Sifton School complete busy course in home economic subjects,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1934, page 9.
Marriage registration [Lila Muriel Burge, Robert Roy Kennedy], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Tea at Templeton to honor Kennedy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 1973, page 17.
Obituary [Robert Roy Kennedy], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1979, page 40.
McMunn, East Braintree, Glenn: Pioneer History, 1913-1989, pages 157-158.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 2007, page 48.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 May 2023