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Winefred Esther McLeod Keyandwy
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Birth: Sep. 8, 1889
Mackinac County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1991
British Columbia, Canada


She was born September 8, 1889 at Naubinway, Mackinac County, Michigan and was named Winefred Esther McLeod. One of seven or eight children, she grew up on her parents farm and became a school teacher in her home state.

In 1910 she was married to Peter Keyandwy. She gave birth to two children, a son, Alex and a daughter, Josetta. Winefred was predeceased by her husband in 1958 and by her son in 1977.

When the children were still pre-schoolers (about 1915) this young family moved out to Alberta. Little Josetta needed a drier climate for her health and Winnie's family had come west, so Alberta seemed the place to come. So Peter, the Great Lakes fisherman, now tried his hand at home steading at Blindloss, near Medicine Hat, and far from any large body of water!

Like so many of their generation they saw a lot of tough times. They lived in a two room house and used an old horse and buggy for transportation. It was a five miles drive for the children to get to school. Only when they moved to Wardner did they get electricity and only when she moved to Cranbrook did she experience the "luxury" of indoor plumbing!

Winefred worked hard for very little, but somehow they always had enough to eat and clothes to wear. She certainly put her sewing skills to work.

The move through the Rockie's to British Columbia was made in 1929. The Keyandwy's came by covered wagon, herding their three milk cows to Jaffray in the southeast corner of the province, seeking a better life. From there they moved to nearby Wardner.

Winnie moved to Cranbrook after the passing of Peter. She moved into "Scott Villa" where she stayed exactly thirteen years until she moved to the F.W. Green Retirement Home. Four years later she transferred to the Extended Care Unit of Cranbrook Regional Hospital where she lived until she passed away.

Winnie spent her life tirelessly as a homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress and loved her gardening. She was an avid reader. It was a terribly hard adjustment for her when her vision dimmed. But thanks to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind she was able to enjoy "talking book" tapes. Josetta also read to her.

Winefred was a very outgoing soul. Consequently, she gained a wide circle of friends. She was a gentle lady with a warm sense of humor and she was a dear, loving mom. She was so appreciative of others.

Winnie had a lot of pep. She and Josetta would visit Alex and his family in Detroit, where he lived for many years, and in Birmingham, Alabama, when he moved there. Even into her eighties she had enough spunk to accompany Josetta to Hawaii for two busy weeks touring about.

Winefred Keyandwy loved her Lord, the Bible and the great old hymns of the Christian faith. She attended church just as often as she could.

Winefred had seven grandchildren, sixteen great and several great great grandchildren, two of whom are out west and still others in Michigan. Her final words recently to Josetta were, "I'm glad to see you". If she could be here today and were clear in her mind and vision to recognize all of you, I'm sure she'd say the same. (Note: Number of descendents is not accurate)

Presented at the Memorial Service on Friday, September 27, 1991 at the Extended Care Hospital Lounge, Cranbrook, B.C, by The Reverend Jack Lindquist, Cranbrook United Church of Canada

In a journal written by Mary Ann Tracy-McLeod:

September 8, 1889, our little girl Esther Winnefred came to us another bright little face. I am always thankful to see them with the use of all their limbs and senses but when people say I should feel proud of such pretty children I feel born unworthy I am of such blessing and can only give them afresh to the Master to be used as he sees fit praying that they may be as beautiful in character as God has made them in features.

March 24, 1890

My three little girls, Jessie, Mary and Winnifred are a great comfort to me with their great love for me. My dear little Mary is a most unselfish child. If she thinks she has done anything which I do not like she will come and ask me to kiss her to make sure it is all right. If she gets a soft piece of cake or candy will always give it to me because my teeth are bad. She is so patient when sick for she is the one to take cold first always. My little baby (Winifred) is a model of goodness always, wakes with a smile and she is not seven months old yet but is delight and healthy.

August 18, 1901

This is a very solemn day - After twenty years in Michigan we have had the blessed privilege of partaking of the Lord's Supper in the little school house and my greatest joy is in seeing Jessie, Mary and little Winnie confessing Christ before the world. Surely I have great reasons to rejoice that He has answered my prayers for them. Lord Jesus make them willing to follow in wherever thou would lead and ready to answer. Here I am, Lord, whenever thou shall call. There were thirteen at the Lord's table with the minister. I do believe that the seed of the kingdom is taking root in some hearts. May His word not return to Him but bring forth fruit in the lives of the people of Rapinville. (Note: I could not find Rapinville on a Michigan map)

Certificate of Birth:

Place of Birth: County of Mackinac, City of Naubinway
Full Name of Child: Winefred Esther McLeod
Sex/Date of Birth: Female/September 8, 1889
Father: Alexander Donald McLeod, White, 41 years of age
Birthplace: Van Kleek Hill, Ontario, Canada
Mother: Mary Ann Tracy, White, 38 years of age
Birthplace: Pickering, Ontario, Canada

In the probate court:
County of Mackinac
Satisfactory evidence establishing the facts of the above birth has been presented, and the State Commissioner of Health is hereby directed to record the same. Given under my hand and seal this 8th day of August 1946, Herbert Taylor, Judge of Probate.
Recorded and filed in Michigan Department of Health 8/9/1946.

Certificate of Death - Canada British Columbia, Ministry of Health-Division of Vital Statistics
Name: Winefred Esther Keyandwy
Date of Death/Sex: September 23, 1991/Female
Place of Death: Cranbrook
Age: 102
Birthplace: Michigan, USA
Residence: Cranbrook, British Columbia

Given under my hand at Victoria, British Columbia this 25th day of September 1991, Director of Vital Statistics 
Family links: 
  Mary Ann Tracy McLeod (1852 - 1940)
  Peter Keyandwy (1880 - 1958)
  Charles Alexander Kewandway (1911 - 1977)*
  Josetta Bernadette Keyandwy Herrick (1912 - 1997)*
  Mary Beatrice McLeod Roland (1885 - 1968)*
  Winefred Esther McLeod Keyandwy (1889 - 1991)
  Hannah Isabella McLeod (1896 - 1916)*
  Rachel Catherine McLeod (1898 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Wardner Cemetery
East Kootenay Regional District
British Columbia, Canada
Created by: Betty Joan Cogan
Record added: Oct 06, 2009
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Winefred Esther <i>McLeod</i> Keyandwy
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Winefred Esther <i>McLeod</i> Keyandwy
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At home at last with Jesus
- Keyandwy Family
 Added: Oct. 6, 2009

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