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Mary Isabella Cowan Munro

Female 1875 - 1929  (54 years)


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  • Name Mary Isabella Cowan Munro  [1
    Gender Female 
    Born 31 July 1875  West Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Teacher, Thamesford Public School  [1
    Religion Ebenezer Church  [1
    Died 21 December 1929  West Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I69244  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 December 2006 

    Father George Angus Munroe,   b. 10 April 1841, Charleston, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 December 1929, West Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Mary Davidson,   b. 12 July 1849, East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 January 1928, West Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F48356  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse John Whitehead,   b. Morris, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 25 March 1929  Embro, West Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Clipping book of Lily Munro
      Whitehead- Munroe
      The marriage is announced of Mary Isabel Cowan (Mabel) elder daughter of George A. and the late mary Davidson Munroe of Embro, On to John Whitehead, second son of the late John and Elizabeth Oliver Whitehead of Morris Manitoba on Monday March the twenty-fifth 1929. Dr. W.T. Gunn of Toronto officiating. [1]
    Family ID F48364  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Whitehead
      At her home On Saturday night Lot 9 Con 3 West Zorra Mrs John Whitehead (Mabel Munroe) The funeral will take place from Ebenezer Church, Embro on Tues Dec 24th at 2 PM to the North Embro Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers

      A well known woman of West Zorra township Mrs. J. Whitehead died Saturday night following an illness extending over two weeks. The deceased was the daughter of George A. Munro pioneer of West Zorra who died last week.
      Mrs Whitehead was born in West Zorra and lived there all her life. She was a active member of Ebenezer Church, Embro and her passing will be a great loss to that church where she was loved and respected by all.

      Mrs John Whitehead (contributed) from Lily McKay's clipping book
      In the passing of Mrs Whitehead familiarly known as Mabel Munroe the community has lost one who left her impress on those who knew her and who stamped her individuality on every movement with which she was identified.
      In her early school days at Bain's School she was recognized as a leader and threw herself whole heartily into all the school activities. Later when a student at Woodstock Collegiate the same enthusiasm and desire to have a part in all the school life made those years rich not only in the knowledge which she so readily acquired but in the all round development of her character. the associations formed at this time meant much to her. Her training at Woodstock Model School was followed by three years of teaching in Thamesford Public School. She then returned to the Collegiate with the intention of attaining higher qualifications as a teacher but home duties interfered with her plans Throughout her very active life she continued a "student" particularly of English literature.
      Mrs Whitehead was the elder daughter of the late George A. and Mary Davidson Munroe and was born on the farm on the third concession of Zorra which was her home throughout her life. Her paternal grandparents Angus and Ruth Crandall Munroe came to Zorra from Rhode Island to where the young Scotchman had gone when he first came to America. There he found his bride who later came with him and their young son George A. to Canada and settled on the farm now occupied by their grandson Crandall Munroe. From this New England grandmother Mabel learned many of the homemaker's arts and a desire to excel whatever she undertook to make.
      As the years passed on she took a great interest in the activities of the community. With many of these her father had long been identified and she seemed naturally to take her place beside him and help to carry on. She served on the bards of the Public Library and the agricultural Society. Buth the work which was dearest to her heart was found in the Ebenezer Church to which she gave so freely of her time, talents and means. Her enthusiasm inspired others to undertake much work which was invariably
      carried through successfully. During later years she was Secretary Treasurer of the congregation. The appreciation of all her endeavors was expressed in the presentation to her of a Silver Tea Service on the occasion of her marriage. Mrs Whitehead's passing has left a place which can never be filled in Ebenezer Church but the memory of the zeal inspires others to continue in the work. On March 25th of last year she was married to Mr John Whitehead the culmination of a friendship of many years. Together they were carrying on the traditions of the home established by her parents. Dr Gunn Moderator of the United Church when paying a personal tribute on the occasion of Mrs Munroe's burial two years ago said he found it to be a home where there was always the outstretched hand to welcome the guest and the dispensing of gracious hospitality.
      During the few months that Mr and Mrs Whitehead were together many friends came to rejoice with them in their happiness and to express the wish that it may long continue. But is seemed that she has accomplished her life work in her years of devotion to her father and mother for five days after the passing of her father she also succumbed to an attack of pneumonia and passed away on the night of Dec 21st. Again sorrowing ones followed a loved one over the familiar road to the Church where her pastor Rev. A Laing in touching and heartfelt words expressed the thoughts of those who had gathered to show their respect to the one who was gone and their sympathy to the husband so sadly bereft and to her brother and sister. The remains were laid in the family plot beside the parents form whom she was separated for such a little while. Mrs Whitehead's wonderful capacity for friendship has left many sorrowing friends not only in Zorra but across the continent to whom the news of her death was a shock. No one ever came to her and was turned empty away for her understanding hear made it possible for her to enter into another's joy or sorrows. To many the name Mabel Munroe will always recall that strong personality who lived so full a life and freely showed it with others. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1130] GEDCOM file "2MOFFA~4.GED", submitted by Lynn Munro.


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