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Memorable Manitobans: Marjorie Blanche Patmore “Marj” Mikkelsen (1905-1998)


Born at the family farm in the Rural Municipality of Albert (SE12-6-27 West) on 11 December 1905, daughter of Christiana Ada Fulcher (1875-1967) and Edwin Stanley Patmore (1865-1959), she attended Huston School, Paramount School, and Brandon Normal School. Following teacher training, she worked at a tailoring shop in Reston and taught across rural Manitoba for 11 years, at Cossette School (1929), Hillview School (c1930s), and Winter Green School (1933-1935), as well as near near Alonsa, Old High Bluff School, and Vita. While working at Hillview School, she met Lorne Leslie Mikkelsen (1905-1987). On 21 May 1938, they married at Souris and had two children: Randall “Randy” Mikkelsen (c1948-2016) and Marcia Leslie Mikkelsen (wife of Donald James “Don” Bilkoski). The couple retired from farming in 1971 and relocated to Onanole until 1982. She lived at Stonewall and Neepawa, in addition to wintering in the southern United States, retiring to Brandon after her husband’s death. There, she tutored English and lived at Fairview Home. She died at her Brandon residence on 24 April 1998 and was buried in the Brookdale Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Announce engagement,” Brandon Sun, 28 July 1966, page 8.

“Sun beams,” Brandon Sun, 26 September 1968, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 1998, page C11.

Brandon estate file PR98-02-00026, Marjorie Mikkelsen, Archives of Manitoba.

Brandon estate file PR16-02-01540, Randall Mikkelsen, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Randall Mikkelsen], Brandon Sun, 13 Aaugust 2016, page B5.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 November 2019

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