Oliver, Mary Jean: Award for best patient care

Mary Jean Oliver (nee Ringdahl) passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side Mar. 25, 2016.

Mary Jean was born Dec. 8, 1956 to Jack and Doris Ringdahl of Sunnynook, Ab.

She started her formal education at the one room school at Square Deal for grades 1 and 2 and then went to Cessford School for grades 3-12.

After her graduation in 1974, Mary Jean had to wait a year until she turned 18 to enroll in nurse’s training. She was accepted into Lethbridge Community College’s registered nursing program in 1975 and graduated with honours in addition to receiving the award for best patient care in 1977.

Mary Jean worked various places in Alberta and Manitoba, touching many lives with her compassion and nursing skills.

She acted as a mentor to many nurses and was a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful support to patients, families and staff.

In 2000 Mary Jean took on another role as an Emergency Medical Responder for the Miniota Volunteer Fire Department, wearing her pager and serving the community with pride.

In 1986 Brian and Mary Jean welcomed daughter Stacy and in 1990 the family was complete with the arrival of son Travis.

In 2013 the family expanded when daughter Stacy married Jared Bauereiss; and then again in 2015 when Mary Jean got promoted from mother to grandmother with the arrival of grandson, Callan.

Mary Jean is survived by husband Brian, daughter Stacy (Jared), son Travis, grandson Callan, mother Doris Ringdahl, brother Ross Ringdahl, sister Judy (Kevin) Swanson and Aunt Florence Haynes along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Jean was predeceased by her father Jack Ringdahl, uncles Earl, Ralph and Carl Ringdahl, Aunt Muriel Henning and Uncle Gordon Haynes.

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