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Memorable Manitobans: Kathleen Mary “Jo” Lutley (1917-2009)


Born in England on 7 July 1917, she grew up on farms in Devonshire and Sussex and, during the Second World War, served as a radio operator in the Royal Air Force. She came to Canada in 1956 in response to an advertisement looking for nurses to work in northern Labrador. She nursed at Labrador, Baffin Island, and Quebec before completing a BSc degree in public health nursing at the University of Ottawa (1967-1969). She came to Manitoba and worked at Cross Lake, Norway House, and Thompson. She retired in 1982. In recognition of her exemplary community service over a period of 26 years, she was inducted into the Order of Canada (1987) and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). She died unmarried at Thompson on 16 May 2009 and was buried in the Thompson Cemetery.


“Nurses dedicated to the north,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1971, page 21.

“Nurse alters routine with canine crew,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1979, page 15.

“Nurse ready to race,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1982, page 4.

Community memories of Kathleen Mary (Jo) Lutley, Heritage North Museum.

Kathleen Mary “Jo” Lutley, Billion Graves.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2018

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