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The "In Memory" Column includes information received about nurses who lived in, were educated in and /or worked in Colorado If you have information about the death of a nurse (RN or LPN) that you knew, please send basic information to Eve Hoygaard (hoygaard@msn.

com). We endeavor to verify all information included in this column If an error is noted, please advise us and a correction will be published.

This issue includes three nurses who served in the military during WWII One was a flight nurse and another was an operating room nurse The flight nurse was on a flight on V-E Day We remember and honor the following departed nurses:

Bertram, Karen, RN, (73), died October 31, 2012.

Bracknell, Honora "Nora" Genevieve, RN, (66), died in Aurora, CO November 21,2012.

Coursey, Janis Blackburn, RN, (72), died in November 2012 She was educated in St Louis MO and worked as an RN in California and Colorado.

Hawes, Elsie May Opsahl, RN, (86), a resident of Westminister, CO died on November 30, 2012.

LaBrash, Elizabeth Anne Mayer, RN, (90), died September 25, 2012.

Lewis, Barbara, RN, (77), of Westminister, CO died December 17, 2012 She completed the Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate program at the University of Colorado Denver in the 1970's; she had retired from Villas at Sunny Acres in 2011

Mann, Sharon J., RN, (60), died October 7, 2012 She graduated from Contra-Costa College (California) and later completed her BSN at Metropolitan State College Denver She was a NICU nurse at Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO for 28 years.

Miller, Beverly J., RN, (78), died on December 20,2012 She completed her nursing education in Alaska In the 1960's she moved to Colorado where she worked in several Denver area hospitals. She retired from AT&T after working there for 20 years as an occupational health nurse.

Penn, Ruth V. Spiedel, RN, (97), died in Aurora, CO on December 28, 2012 She was a graduate of Iowa Lutheran Hospital As a WWII Flight Nurse, Lt. Spiedel, in June 1944, on her 80th air evacuation flight, was on one of the first planes (a C-47) that landed in Germany to pick up soldiers from a first aid station and accompanied them back to England She served for 39 months.

Ryan, Edith Johanna "Jo" Snow, RN, (78), died in Denver on October 20, 2012 A 1958 graduate of St Luke's Hospital Denver School of Nursing, she then completed her BS in Nursing from the University of Denver In 1984, she completed the ANP program at Metropolitan State College Denver.

Simmons, Anna Belle, RN, (96), died on December 16, 2012 A graduate of St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Savannah GA, she proudly served in the US Army Nurse Corps from 1942-45.

Slivka, Thelma Jean Pahl, RN, (89), died on December 3, 2012. She was a 1946 graduate of West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park IL She moved to Denver in 1955 As a nurse at Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO, she helped open the first ICU at Swedish. She retired in 1974.

Ward, Chris "Tina," RN, (63), died in Littleton, CO on November 4, 2012.

Wiggs-Jacques, Elizabeth, RN, died in Denver in November, 2012 A graduate of St Joseph Hospital Denver School of Nursing and the University of Denver, she enjoyed being a maternal-child health nurse educator.

Wright, Eleanor Anderson, RN (90) died on December 19, 2012 A graduate of St Luke's Hospital Denver School of Nursing in 1943, she served as a 2nd LT in the US Army as an operating room nurse.

Submitted by Eve Hoygaard, MS, RN, WHNP Region I Director, Colorado Nurses Association
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