Marion Ethel Malcolm


Marion Ethel Malcolm was born just before Christmas at “The Thicket” – the first Malcolm family home. She was seven when her mother died and her father remarried. When young, she was in the Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT), similar to Girl Guides, which was run through local churches. She later became a leader in the group.

Although she worked as a teacher in a one room schoolhouse for a couple years, she went on to train as a registered nurse at the Winnipeg General Hospital, graduating in 1922. Two years later she married Robert McKenzie, 1889-1949.

Robert was born about 1889 in Manitoba, where his parents, John and Catherine Mackenzie, and older siblings had emigrated from Scotland. Bob, as he was known, interrupted his law studies to fight in World War I, joining the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces in 1916 when he was twenty-six. He served as a private in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in a field hospital in France until 1919. He returned to school to finish his law degree and began his practice in Clanwilliam, Manitoba.


Bob and Marion had two sons, Roderick Malcolm and Douglas Robert, who died suddenly when he was only fourteen, possibly from meningitis. Bob died from a heart attack when he was fifty-nine, leaving Marion a widow at age fifty-four. She led an active life, knitting, sewing, crocheting and traveling every summer to Clear Lake, now in Riding Mountain National Park, where her grandchildren came to visit her. Marion died in 1975 and is buried with her husband and son in Clanwilliam Cemetery.

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George John Huntley Malcolm
Children of Huntley Malcolm
Emily Miller and George Malcolm
The Miller Family
Descendants of Emily Frances Miller and George Malcolm
The Miller family

Photos of Marion Ethel Malcom provided thanks to Heather McKenzie, a descendant.

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12 February 2023

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