Born January 18, 1922 at Cando, Saskatchewan (South of Battleford) the 5th of 6 children to Don Pickard (1962) & Edith Smithson/Pickard (1984). The last of her generation, she passed away peacefully in her sleep the evening of October 14, 2013.

Betty grew up in many small Saskatchewan towns as her father was transferred regularly as a grain elevator manager. Her mother was very active in all the various communities including setting up small libraries wherever they went and entering cooking contests. Tommy Douglas was a family friend and Betty often had to give up her bed for him.

Following her grandmother, who trained with Florence Nightengale, Betty was taught old time nursing by the Grey nuns at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. She later attended the University of Toronto for public health. She nursed in Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Prince Rupert and finally arriving in Vernon in 1969 and retiring in 1984.

Married in 1955 to Gerald Bradley (1998) of Battleford, the parents had all been close friends in the old days. Betty leaves 2 sons: Spencer and Lorne. She was an exceptional mother, wife and nurse.

A memorial service will be held Monday October 21 at 11am at the Bethel Chapel with a reception to-follow. All are welcome. Later that afternoon a graveside family gathering will take place in Coldstream.

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