Edith Putnam Obituary

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Edith Effie Putnam

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PUTNAM, Edith EffieApril 4, 1916 - August 9, 2014 Edith died peacefully August 9, 2014 at Youville Residence. She was born in Vancouver to James and Bertha Putnam, of Maitland, NS. Edith had three siblings Beatrice (Malkin), Louise, and Gilbert, all deceased. She is survived by Graham Putnam, Brent Putnam, Dana Putnam, Sylvia McFadden and Lona McRae. Edith dedicated her life to the care of others. She graduated from VGH's Nursing School in 1939 and her first appointment took her to Bella Bella during WWII, in an era when medical equipment was steralized with boiled water and penicillin wasn't yet available. For most of her nursing...
PUTNAM, Edith EffieApril 4, 1916 - August 9, 2014
Edith died peacefully August 9, 2014 at Youville Residence. She was born in Vancouver to James and Bertha Putnam, of Maitland, NS. Edith had three siblings Beatrice (Malkin), Louise, and Gilbert, all deceased. She is survived by Graham Putnam, Brent Putnam, Dana Putnam, Sylvia McFadden and Lona McRae. Edith dedicated her life to the care of others. She graduated from VGH's Nursing School in 1939 and her first appointment took her to Bella Bella during WWII, in an era when medical equipment was steralized with boiled water and penicillin wasn't yet available. For most of her nursing career she worked at Shaughnessy Veterans' Hospital, and was known affectionately as "Nurse Putty." Committed to both patients and staff, she scheduled herself to work holidays so her staff could have time with family. She was recognized for 25 years of faithful service to the people of Canada by Veterans Affairs. In addition to her caregiving work, Edith was a loving daughter, sister and engaged community member, donating her time and a significant portion of her salary to the service of others. Edith had an amazing memory. It was a joy to hear her recount her stories about shipwrecks and plane crashes, and surgeons carving turkeys at Xmas. She loved the symphony, played bridge for fun, and travelled during her retirement. She also found joy in arranging cut flowers. In 2007, she moved to Youville where she received excellent care. The staff loved Edith and her good nature, she was ever gracious and uncomplaining. She is missed. As per Edith's request, there will be no service. Donations to Youville Residence can be made in lieu of flowers. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=edith-putnam&;pid=172220478#sthash.8dk6rhlJ.dpuf.

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