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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Prudence Hockin (1903-1991)

Nurse.

Born at Oak Lake on 27 September 1903, daughter of Rosa Carolina Breade (1861-1958) and Robert Hickens Hockin (1860-1934), after graduating from a nursing program at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in 1929, she worked as a missionary nurse in the Arctic, opening and serving as the matron of St. Luke’s Anglican Hospital in Pangnirtung, Baffin Island. During her career, she served in Moosonee, Ontario and Aklavik, NWT, before returning to Pangnirtung in 1959. She left the Arctic three years later and took up residence in Toronto, working in the Orthopaedic Hospital until retiring in 1968. In 1980, she was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of her years of service to the people of the Canadian Arctic. She died at Winnipeg on 26 July 1991.

Sources:

Marriage registration [Rosa Carolina Breach, Robert Hickens Hockin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1991, page 26.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2022

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