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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Agatha Naylen “Kathryn / Kate” McGillis (1893-1972)


Born in Manitoba on 30 January 1893, third daughter of Edward Naylen (c1861-1917) and Bridget Naylen (1856-1939), she resided in the RM of Wallace (1911) before attending the Central Normal School. She taught at Omro School (1914-1915) before returning to Winnipeg where she was Principal of the Detention Home School (1921-1925). On 29 June 1925, she married Donald Angus McGillis (1887-1961) at St. Anastasius Church at Oak Lake. The couple had two children: Gerald McGillis and Donald E. McGillis. She died at Peterborough, Ontario on 21 January 1972 and buried there in St. Peters Roman Catholic Cemetery.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Results of teachers’ examinations announced [Kate A. Naylen],” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 July 1911, page 3.

“Teachers’ examinations [Kate Agatha Naylen],” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 July 1912, page 3.

“McGillis - Naylen,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1925, page 7.

“McGillis - Naylen,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 July 1925, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1972, page 35.

Saint Peters Roman Catholic Cemetery, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 February 2015

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