Nurse Nightingale turns 95

Hope woman and Fraser Canyon Hospital Auxiliary member, celebrates a big milestone.

Lilian-Lynne Egan's daughter

In the early 1900’s Pearl and George Buchanan left Wisconsin to homestead in Spring Valley, Saskatchewan. Lilian was born March 7th, 1920 in Moose Jaw. During a severe drought that lasted several years, the Buchanan’s’ packed up their young family and moved to Weirdale, Saskatchewan, where they lived and farmed until George died in the early 60’s. One of Lilian-Lynne’s brothers, George kept on the family farming tradition and farmed for many more years after that.

Lilian-Lynne always dreamed of becoming a nurse. Her family, while always having enough to eat, did not have any spare cash, but her Dad was able to borrow the tuition $50, so Lynne could attend Nursing School at the Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Still in training, she met and fell in love with Norman Egan who became her husband. The Holy Family was a very strict teaching hospital and Nurse Trainee’s were forbidden to marry while in training for fear they’d get pregnant and not finish. So, secretly she and Norman married in 1943 just before she graduated.

Norm and Lynne moved to B.C., where Norman Jr. was born in 1945 and their twin girls Heather and Dawn arrived in 1950.

They owned and operated several sawmills and later Norm went into construction. They lived in many towns and cities throughout B.C. and Lynne continued her Nursing career.

Among her many accomplishments, she was the Director of Nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital, Sechelt, Ladysmith Hospital on Vancouver Island and retired as Director of Nursing from Princeton Hospital in 1982.

Upon retirement Lynne and Norm bought property in Slocan, B.C., where they lived until Norm’s health required that they live in a larger community.

Interesting to note that during 43 years of operating many different types of intricate medical equipment Lynne never learned to drive. She had a few run ins with fences when she had her learners and always put the driver test on the back burner. At the age of 68, she got her license after taking driving lessons in Nelson and learned to parallel park by lining garbage cans in their driveway.

They moved to Lynne Valley for a brief time to be closer to their girls, but found the city far too busy and decided to move to Hope in 1991, where they lived for 14 years.

Sadly Lynne and Norm lost their son in 1998, Norm died in 2000 and her twin daughter Heather died this year.

She made many friends and was very involved with the Hope community and stayed another five years. Heather and Dawn wanted her to be closer and she moved to West Vancouver in 2005, where she still resides. Dawn is only 10 minutes away and they see each other often, along with her grandson Aaron Gibson and his wife Lithena.

Lynne had her 95th birthday in March and throughout the years has made many friends, but none more so than her friendships, during her years living in Hope. The matriarch always put her family and friends ahead of herself and she has always been a giver. She is a past president of the Eagles Ladies auxiliary and she loved assisting residents of the Hope Lodge every Friday. On a personal note: Mom is the best mom a child could have and she is so loved by all who met and know her. She is truly a “Nurse Nightingale.”