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Memorable Manitobans: Jessie Waugh Mathers (1870-1943)

Community activist.

Born at Melrose, Scotland on 19 May 1870, daughter of Richard Waugh and Janet Deans, she came to Manitoba in 1883. She was educated in private schools in Scotland and Winnipeg, and Manitoba College. On 12 October 1892, she married Thomas Graham Mathers. They had two children: Francis G. Mathers (b 1894) and Marguerite Gwendolyn Mathers (1903-1931). She was a member of the Women’s Canadian’ Club (vice-president), Women’s Musical Club, St. Charles Country Club, the Alma Mater Society of Manitoba College, and the Women’s Art Association. She served as secretary of the Victorian Order of Nurses at Winnipeg from 1905 to 1908 and was later its president. She was president of the Girl Guides Association for 10 years. She died at her Winnipeg home, 16 Edmonton Street, on 1 February 1943.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. T. G. Mathers dies at her home”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1943, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2012

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