Fonds - Vera Bell (née Lyon) fonds

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Vera Bell (née Lyon) fonds

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  • 1957-2021 (Creation)
    Bell, Vera

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80 photographs
9 cm of textual records

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Vera Bell (neé Lyon) was born December 2, 1933 in Clinton, Ontario.  She took her nursing training at Victoria Hospital in London Ontario, graduating as an RN in the class of 1955. She arrived in Hazelton, B.C. in early 1956, serving for five years at Wrinch Memorial Hospital.  In 1961, she moved to Queen Charlotte City, where she served as matron of the hospital for two years. She received midwifery training in Edmonton in 1963.  She attended Covenant College (Toronto) in 1963-1964 before being posted to Portugal and Kenya.  In 1971, she completed her Bachelor of Nursing at McGill University in Montreal, before marrying Alfred Bell, former auditor for United Church of Canada Hospitals.  She was a She was a vital member of First United Church (Prince Rupert, B.C.) and Brechin United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) Vera died November 14, 2020 in Nanaimo, B.C. 

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Fonds consists of records relating primarily to Vera Bell's work as a nurse and matron at United Church mission hospitals, including Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton, B.C. and Queen Charlotte Islands Hospital in Haida Gwaii.

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Records were donated by Heather Bell on February 22, 2021


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  • English
  • Kikuyu

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    Created March 9, 2021

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    • English

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