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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Hazeltine “Bonnie” Bjarnarson (1893-1979)

Nurse.

Born at Winnipeg on 22 August 1893, daughter of Agust and Elsabet Polson, her family moved to Gimli in 1901 where she taught school for five years before taking nursing training at the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1916. He nursed privately and worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses until her marriage in 1922. She continued to provide nursing support to her community and especially to residents of the Sandy Bay First Nation, where she was known as “Mrs. Barney”. In 1969 he was given a Good Citizenship Award for meritorious service to Manitoba. She died at Gladstone, Manitoba on 12 November 1979 and was buried in the Big Point Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1979, page 28.

Page revised: 4 December 2009

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