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Grace Alixina Veale (?-1950)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, September 8, 1950

Headline: The Passing of Mrs. Grace Alixina Veale, 1950

    We regret to announce the Death of Mrs. Grace Alixina Veale who passed away at the Whitehorse General Hospital at 3:45 pm., August 30th 1950.

    Mrs. Veale came to Whitehorse with her husband Edwin Arthur on July 5th, 1944 directly on his discharge from the Canadian Army, June 29, 1944. She contacted gangerene on orjaraund July 24 whilst working. with the N.W.S. Command (U.S. Army), which resulted with the amputation of her Left Limb, on August 28th that same year. In September the following year she was flown to Vancouver for an operation for her Right Eye with the result that she lost the sight of this faculty. Before returning to Whitehorse she went to Seattle, Wash, for the fitting of an Artificial limb. In May 1946 she was once more flown. to Edmonton for Phlebetes, returning at the end of that month. On June 4th she was again flown to Edmonton for an Operation to her left eye, such operation being unsuccessful with the result that she became totally blind.

    Since that she has been under the Doctor's care continuously. She received Blood Transfusions whilst in Edmonton on her last trip, and has received Transfusions on two occasions this year.

    During all her illnesses Mrs. Veale bore her afflictions valiantly and was always cheerful and always full of hope and courage in the anticipation that at some day her sight would be restored, and faith was beyond comprehension.

    Much credit is due Dr. W. C. Steward of Whitehorse for his continuous care and attention during her recent illness and to Matron Squires and the Hospital Staff.

    Mrs. Veale leaves to mourn her loss her husband Edwin Athur of Whitehorse, her following sisters and brothers-in-law. Lillie and Mr. Jack McDonald of Calgary. Muriel and the Rev. W. O'Shanek of Loveland, Colorado, U.S.A., Leona and Fred J. Kennedy, Winnipeg, and Edith and Morris Gilroy of Victoria, B. C.

    Mrs. Veale was buried in the Canadian Legion Plot at Whitehorse, with the following members of the Canadian Legion as Pallbearers. Messrs. Ronnie Watson, R. G. Lee, W. Thompson, R. Kilburn, J. Wood, and R. Johnstone. Mr. W. J. Morris being the undertaker, with the Rev. Harold Lee of the Whitehorse Gospel Church officiating wit Mrs. Lee at the piano.

    I would like to thank Dr. W. C. Steward, Matron Souires and the Nursing Staff of the Whitehorse General Hospital for their efforts made on behalf of my late wife Grace Alixina Veale. My thanks also to the Blood Donors, Harry Johannes, Eric Hamer, Constables Bradford and Neufeld. Also to the Rev. and Mrs. Harold Lee, Rev. Stanger, Father Caron and Keogh and Rev. Donald Smith for their Prayers and thought tendered during her illness. Also the many friends for their floral expressions during her sojourn in Hospital and at the funeral, not forgetting the Pallbearers. My thanks also to the Canadian Legion and the B.P.O. Elks.

                    E. A. Veale