Yvonne BROWN

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Yvonne M.R. Brown
1940 - 2016
It is with sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Yvonne Margaret Rose Brown at the St. Paul's Hospital Palliative Care on the morning of March 5, 2016, with her husband Dr. F. Barry Brown by her side. Yvonne waged a courageous ten-month battle with cancer and had just returned to St. Paul's after a six-week home-stay surrounded by her family, friends, and colleagues. Throughout her illness, Yvonne maintained a positive outlook and took great joy in visiting with her family and friends.
Yvonne was born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, to parents Margareta Isabella (Bella) Forsman (Johanson) and Ernest Bror Forsman. Yvonne attended school in Strasbourg prior to entering the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in 1958 where she earned a BSN and BA with Great Distinction, as well as a subsequent M.C.Ed. in 1983. Yvonne is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. F. Barry Brown, and two children, son Tyson Barry Brown (Erin), with grandchildren Vanessa, Candice, and Ellie Brown; and daughter Tanya Lee Cestnick (née Brown), with grandchildren Alanna, Kimberly, Celsa , and Jonathan Cestnick; and special daughter Guofang Li (Dan Steel), with grandchildren Francis, Patrick, and Amanda Steel; brother Dr. Roger Forsman (Lois) and sisters Estelle Graham and Joyce Lee, brothers/sisters-in law Bob Brown (Elaine), Les Brown(deceased) (Linda), Irene Brown (Les), Jim Brown (Verna), Janette Kelln (Robert), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Yvonne had a long and distinguished career in Health Sciences culminating in eleven years as Dean of the College of Nursing, 1989-2000. Other milestones include: General Duty Nurse, University Hospital, 1963-64; Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology, Centralized Teaching Program, 1964-66; Clinical Instructor in Obstetrical Nursing, University of Saskatchewan School of Nursing,1966-67; Sessional Lecturer,1975-81; Lecturer,1981-83; Assistant Dean, 1986-1989; Professor Emeritus, 2008-present. Yvonne published numerous articles and participated in a major nursing textbook and history of the College of Nursing. Yvonne received many awards, medals, and scholarships throughout her academic career: AMTEC (Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada) Award of Excellence for Instructional Videotape, produced jointly with Professor B. Calder, June, 1984; AMTEC Media Festival's "Chairman's Choice" award for videotape "Postpartum Assessment" produced with B. Calder, 1986; SRNA (Saskatoon Chapter) Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration, April 2000;SRNA Elizabeth von Valkenburg Award for Leadership in Nursing Education, May 2000; Yvonne Brown Award for Nursing Excellence, established by the SRNA in 2000; as well as two awards, one for Saskatoon site student and one for Regina site student, for a graduating four-year degree student with the highest cumulative nursing average during the total program. Yvonne was also voted Woman of Distinction, Leadership and Management, YWCA, June 7, 2007.
Yvonne and her husband travelled the world consulting and teaching; a highlight was taking ten annual groups of nursing students to India for their international experience course. Yvonne was a consummate gardener and gourmet cook and loved spending time at the family retreat at Little Bear Lake. Yvonne will be missed by a legion of students, staff, faculty, friends, and especially family, all of whom she touched in so many ways throughout her life. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.ca/ donate/). A Memorial Service and Reception will be held at the University of Saskatchewan University (Faculty) Club on Sunday, March 20, 2016 between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. (program at 2:30). A Committal Service will take place at the Columbarium at St. John's Cathedral. Condolences may be left for the family at www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Saskatoon Funeral Home

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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Mar. 7 to Mar. 9, 2016
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