Julie Fawcett, the third of four children in her family, was born in South Slocan, near Nelson, B.C in the West Kootenays.  When she was 9, Julie and her family went to live in Nelson, and while in High School there, Julie met her future husband, Norman Fawcett, a printer.

Julie graduated from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing although her graduation was delayed by a year because of a bout of tuberculosis. She then traveled with her friend Alice Moore to London, England to complete a year of post-graduate work in 1936, and experienced the excitement of the royal abdication and subsequent coronation of King George VI in 1937. Upon returning to Canada, Julie did not pursue her nursing career and instead on December 29, 1938, married Norman at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. In 1939, the couple moved to Mission where she returned to nursing.

Julie was present at the opening of Mission Memorial Hospital, where she served as Director of Nursing. Although she retired soon after the opening of the Hospital, Norman’s death in 1966 marked a suspension of her retirement, and she re-entered the workplace as Matron of St. Mary’s Residential School. After retiring for a second time, Julie committed herself to volunteer work at many Mission community organizations such as Lifetime Learning Center and the Hospital Auxiliary. She also knitted and donated many children’s sweaters, hats and socks to the Hospital Auxiliary.

Julie attended classes at Fraser Valley College and 1991 marked her 50th anniversary as a Beta Sigma Phi member. She enjoyed her family and was much loved by her grandchildren who nicknamed her the “Globetrotting Grandmother” for her passionate pursuit of traveling. Julie journeyed to the far corners of the globe, a living example of one of her favourite sayings:, “To live is to learn. To learn is to know. To know is to grow. To grow is to give. To give is to live”.


Source: Lifetime Learning and Wellness Centre, Newsletter, Spring, 1995