It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Georgina Pearl nee Clyne, Bradford, Salle survived by her only remaining sister Gladys (Clyne) Chester, her sisters-in-law Lil (Bradford) Mattenley, Ethier and Marion (Vic) Bradford, brother-in-law Stanley Bradfor and Bill Guy, her children, Diane (Gary) Bloomfield, Dodie (John) Lysak, Leslie (Jody) Kennedy. Grandchildren, Valoree (Nolan) Bloomfield, Craig Lysak, Amber Lysak, Jayson (Cherina) Kennedy, Trevor (Tessa) Kennedy, Ali (Travis) Giddens. Great Grandchildren Sophia and Avery Leach, Michael, Matthew and Markus Lysak, Nash and Nixon Kennedy, Emerson and Mackenzie Kennedy, Mason and Ella Giddens. Foster Children Heather (Dave) Wiebe and family, Lawrence (Doris) Power and family, Doug (Bonnie) Hutton, Bobby (Lynne) Hill, Ron Eland, Dallas Jones. She is predeceased by her husbands Bob Bradford (1970) and Manne Salle (2016), daughter Patsy and Len Jenkins and foster son Phillip Power.
Shortly after her 80th birthday Geordie sat down and composed some of her life accomplishments written in her own words with a few added details by family.
Georgina Pearl Clyne Bradford Salle was born on August 1st, 1922 in the farm home on 4-2-19 Morton Township, Manitoba. She was the first of seven children of Alex Clyne; a Scottish newcomer and his wife Clara Violet Mabel (Scott).
Georgina received her education at Wood Lake and West Lake Schools Manitoba, and her R.N. Diploma from Brandon General Hospital, Manitoba in 1944.
After she graduated, Georgina and her nursing friend travelled to B.C. and immediately began nursing on the staff of Shaughnessy Hospital; just when the returned men were coming back from war. It was there she met and fell in love with Robert John Bradford; a double leg amputee and they were married; moved to his home at Bridge Lake for a couple of years where she was accepted as a very close member of the Bradford family. In 1946 and 47 they all moved to Chinook Cove area of the North Thompson Valley; buying a farm and building their home.
Very shortly after their arrival, a Diphtheria outbreak developed in Rayleigh (a small community just outside of Kamloops). Georgina volunteered inoculating over 300 persons in the Barriere area with help of her husband and a friend who kept five little needles boiled up to use in the one little glass 2 cc syringe that she owned. After that, she voluntarily assisted and helped her neighbours with whatever illness and accident they brought to her door. People started coming to Nurse Bradford’s house whenever they needed medical attention or advice. She came to be known as the community nurse and did all of her work voluntarily. For 23 years she treated everything from the flu, bee stings, ticks, burns, croup, pneumonia, strep throat, polio and broken bones. Her daughters fondly remember neighbours knocking at the door day or night. Geordie would get her blue medical suitcase ready for any emergency. She delivered many babies at the farm. Geordie always had a home remedy for most ailments, including bread and milk poultices that she swore by. The voluntary medical services nurse Bradford provided to the local residence was invaluable because there was no local doctor. The road to Kamloops was a treacherous windy dirt road. Bob and Geordie bought a red station wagon and were loaned a stretcher from the mill. This became the first volunteer ambulance service so they could take people with more serious illnesses and injuries into Kamloops. They continued to do so until 1969 when the community ambulance service was established in Barriere. Geordie took time out of her volunteer services to work at the Irving Clinic and both Kamloops and Clearwater hospitals.
Georgina and Bob raised 4 daughters; Patsy, Diane, Dodie, and Leslie as well as many foster children who were loved and nurtured as their own. Geordie remained in close contact with many of her foster children and their families.
Geordie was very active in many organizations. First secretary of the North Thompson Fall Fair and first Boy Scout Group. Georgina participated in the forming of the Barriere United Church. Georgina was active in the Chinook Cove Hall Association, the Chamber of Commerce, Barriere Woman’s Institute, Barriere Seniors and O.A.P.O, the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Association, volunteered for the One-to-one reading program at the elementary school, Barriere Hospice, delivered Meals on Wheels, Barriere Cancer Society including teaching self-exams for Breast Cancer, Barriere Curling Rink include the Jam-Can and …. (Georgina didn’t finish this sentence as we think she didn’t believe she was done volunteering and making a difference in the community that she loved). Georgina received the Queens Diamond Jubilee award for her commitments to her community and was the first to receive the Citizen of the Year award for Barriere.
In 1970 her loving husband Bob passed away and in 1972 she married her second love Wolfgang A. Salle “Manne”. Geordie sold her Chinook Cove farm and moved to Barriere. She carried on with her nursing career for many years and when she retired she took up quilting. She made well over 100 quilts for family, friends, raffles etc and also winning prizes for special ones at the fair.
Geordie and Manne bought a beautiful camp lot on East Barriere Lake in 1978 and every summer enjoyed endless time with family and friends at this wonderful site. This cabin became the most beloved spot of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; with many family and friends coming to stay for a vacation. Georgina always had activities for the grandkids including plaster molds for painting, scavenger/treasure hunts, swimming lessons, fishing, campfires and so much more. There was no time to be bored! Georgina taught all her grandchildren how to play crib and phase ten. Geordie spent many hours playing Oh Shit! with her good friend Jean.
Geordie and Manne enjoyed travelling and took trips to Europe, British Isles, U.S.A., across Canada and B.C., Australia, New Zealand, Disneyland, Hawaii and often took her family and friends.
Geordie decided to ‘move South’ for the winter, making the long trek into Kamloops at Ridgepoint to be closer with family. After a stroke finally slowed her down, Georgina spent her last four years in Pine Grove Care Home. Georgina enjoyed the entertainment and activities offered and became a favorite of the care staff.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Montalbetti and Pine Grove Care Home. In lieu of flowers, family ask that donations be made in Georgina/Geordie’s name to the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, Barriere Curling Club, or the Barriere Hospice Association.Print This Obituary & Condolences