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Memorable Manitobans: Kathleen Mary Matheson Tomkins (1894-1927)


Born in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews on 16 July 1894, daughter of Reverend John W. Matheson and Mary Metcalfe Anderson (1867-1939), she graduated from the University of Manitoba with an Arts degree. She taught at Kensington School (1918-1919) and was the first Principal of Grosse Isle School (1920-1921) prior to marrying Reverend Herbert James Tomkins at Winnipeg on 27 July 1921. The couple had two daughters: Mary Edith Tomkins (wife of William Garnett Lobb) and Margaret Anne Tomkins (wife of Roy A. McDonald). They moved to Virden in 1927 where she was involved with the Virden Boy Scouts. Twenty days after the stillborn birth of a son, she died at her father’s Winnipeg residence, 172 Church Avenue, on 30 July 1927. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“118 students are awarded degrees by Manitoba “U”,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 11 May 1917, page 12.

Births, Manitoba Free Press, 15 June 1927, page 22.

Death notice, Manitoba Free Press, 4 July 1927, page 21.

“Unique ceremony marks dedication of colors of Virden Troop and Pack,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 October 1927, page 45.

“Mary Edith Tomkins given in marriage by grandfather,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1947, page 10.

Engagement notices [Tomkins - McDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1949, page 16.

Obituary [William Lobb], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 2006, page 22.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 March 2017

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