Olive Fern

FERN, Olive Olive Rosalie Fern was born on May 17, 1925 and raised on a farm in Minnedosa, Manitoba where she gained her even-minded, practical approach to life's problems. A crackerjack curler and academic in her younger days, Olive graduated as a nurse from the University of Winnipeg in 1948. She worked for a few years in Manitoba, before moving to Duncan in January of 1950 to work at the King's Daughters Hospital. After a blind date and a whirlwind romance she married Dave Fern, a mechanic working in Lake Cowichan, in September, 1950. While raising her two fortunate children, David and Lorrie, in Lake Cowichan, Olive continued to work as a part-time community nurse but her first priority was always to provide a warm loving home for her family. Olive made friends easily throughout her life and continued this trend after moving with Dave to Victoria in 1980, where they joined the Gordon Head United Church. Olive dedicated many, many hours as a volunteer with the United Church Women and as Treasurer of Presbytery. She and Dave were avid travelers, especially to Hawaii and wherever their four grandchildren happened to be living at any time. When Dave fell ill in 2004 and had to move to Mount Tolmie Hospital, Olive lovingly visited him twice a day until his passing in 2007. Olive's own health then began to decline and she eventually moved into Glengarry Hospital in 2010. She passed away in her sleep on December 19, 2012. A memorial service will be held for her on February 2, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Gordon Head United Church at 4201 Tyndall Avenue in Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be Olive's wish. Her children, David and Lorrie, would also like to extend a special thanks to the caring staff at Glengarry Hospital who looked after her so well during the last couple of years of her life. Olive will be sadly missed by her children, David and Lorrie (Michael); her grandchildren, Melissa, Kevin, Chelsea and Jasmine, and her great-granddaughter, Lily.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Jan. 5, 2013