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Gold, Bettyann

Bettyann Helen Gold (Welton) passed quietly into the hands of God at the Fort Macleod Health Care Centre in the presence of her husband Earl on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, in her 62nd year.Bettyann leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband Earl; their two children, Christopher Mark and Gillian Alayne, both of Edmonton; her three sisters, Bernice (Lavern) Weiss, Rhonda (John) Wagner, both of Maple Creek, Sask. and Maureen (Denis) Huppe of Olds; and one brother, Ken, of Vancouver, B.C., together with their individual families.
She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Marion of Maple Creek and Linda of Wainwright and their families; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends mainly in Saskatchewan and other close friends in Edmonton and area.
Bettyann will be sorely missed by the immediate family of her husband, most of whom reside in Ontario.
Bettyann was predeceased by her father Roy (1989) of Maple Creek; her mother Helen (2002) also of Maple Creek; her younger brother Barry (1999) of Wainwright and by her older brother Harold (2002) of Maple Creek.
Bettyann was born, raised and educated in Maple Creek. She graduated from the Medicine Hat School of Nursing in 1962 and gave her entire working career (35 years) to the health care industry except one year of Nursing Administration Education at UBC in 1969.
Her rewarding career took her to Newmarket, Ontario, Bermuda, Vancouver, Inuvik (where she met and married her husband Earl in 1971), Victoria and then to Edmonton where she ended her nursing career (Administrator Emeritus) in 1999 as Director of Nursing Services of the 300-bed Dickensfield Extended Care Centre, which she helped to open in 1979. Through her direction, nurturing, guidance and determination, the Dickensfield Extended Care Centre became Alberta’s showpiece of Extended Care facilities.
Her objective was to make a difference; her desire was to demonstrate an improvement; her mission was to dispense care with compassion. Bettyann exceeded her own expectations. She maintained and supported numerous registrations and memberships in associations and affiliations in support of her professional status.
Bettyann was an accomplished manager, seamstress and cook. Her hobbies were knitting and reading, both of which she pursued with a passion. And through it all, she made time to reach out and touch her partner, her children, her family and her friends.
Notwithstanding her dedication and devotion to her chosen life-long nursing career serving those in need, when she turned to the same institution for help for herself, she was denied. Her untimely passing concluded a five-year fruitless search for a definitive answer and treatment of her undiagnosed medical condition or phenomena.
Bettyann withstood years of pain and suffering in silence in an attempt to maintain her dignity while those in control and power, stood idly aside, oblivious of their challenge. Death was not the comfort she had sought. It was a long and painful goodbye. Cremation.

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