Aunt Eleanor

Over the Thanksgiving holiday my husband lost his great Aunt Eleanor. She was a family matriarch and very loved. While I never met her in person we exchanged pleasantries via mail and e-mail. The level her family held her up to speaks volumes about her character. I personally clicked with her because she was a nurse too. I would like to share a little about this wonderful woman in a tribute to her influence on many nurses and her family.

Ruth Eleanor was born in Scandinavia, Wisconsin 5/13/13. In 1927 her family moved to Decorah, Iowa where she attended High School. She attended St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN for one year. During the 1930's she went into nurses’ training in Rochester, MN at the Kahler School of Nursing. After graduation she worked for several years as a scrub nurse in the plastic surgery dept. of the Mayo Clinic. After that she went into teaching in the Kahler school of Nursing, which she eventually headed, as director until her retirement.

She was 94 at her demise and is survived by her brother Lawrence and his descendants. We praise God for her salvation and the dignity that she fought ovarian cancer with. She chose to allow the cancer to run its course and was comforted by the eternal life that awaited her. She was remarkable from afar and I can only imagine what it would have been like to know her in person.

5 comments:

MondaythroughSunday said...

Sounds like a wonderful woman...thank you for sharing.

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