Edna Evelyn Dunn (Custison)
August 16, 1910 – July 10, 2011
It is with much love and sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. Edna lived all her life in Nanaimo and was just short of celebrating her 101 birthday. She is predeceased by her husband Ron in 2007 after 69 years of marriage, also by sisters Verna, Ella, and brother Harold. She is survived by son Ron (Sylvia), daughter Joann, grandchildren Pam (Ian McConnell), Kim (Dale Rasberry) and Brad (Nola) Dunn, great grandchildren Steven & Eric Rasberry, Janaya & Madison McConnell and recently baby Jack Dunn and many nieces and nephews.
Edna of Finnish descent was born and raised in Chase River. After High School she entered St. Joseph School of Nursing in Victoria where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse. In 1938 she married the love of her life Ron and then took time off to start a family and look after the home while Ron was overseas for 3 years in WWII. She resumed her nursing career in 1952 first at the Old Nanaimo Hospital and then moving to the present Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where she retired in 1975. Following her retirement she continued working for a few years as Dr. Thomas’s Nurse. She was a very caring efficient nurse and patients under her care felt fortunate often expressing their gratitude.
Over the years Ron and Edna enjoyed camping, travelling with the A.C.T. and visiting her sister Ella in Florida. Her biggest joy in life were her grandchildren and later her 5 great grandchildren. Edna always enjoyed family gatherings and putting on many delicious meals. She was an exceptional cook and many recipes have been passed on to the family and friends.
In sincere appreciation the family wishes to acknowledge the following: A very special thank you to Elaine and Jackie whose companionship, kindness and gentle loving attention gave Mom much comfort. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Baird who looked after Mom for so many years with interest and compassion. Also to the nurses and staff at Kiwanis Lodge for their kindness and respectful care over the last 4 years.
There will be no service. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Edna’s memory to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Rest in peace Mom till we meet again.
“Forever in our hearts”