Woman of the Week, Miss Nora Noseworthy, Evening Telegram, 1946, July 27, p. 10
We regret that we have never had the pleasure of meeting Miss Nora Noseworthy, and that it has not been possible, in this instance, to give our readers the added personal note that the publication of the picture of the “Woman of the Week” lends to this column.
On contacting Miss Noseworthy, we found that she had left the staff of the Grenfel (sic) Mission, where she has given yeoman service. However, her cause found a faithful ally in a friend who writes her Valedictory as follows:—
Nora Noseworthy, who is leaving the staff of the Grenfell Mission, requires no introduction to the people of this, her native land. Out of a family of thirteen, of good English ancestry, Nora was born at Green Island Cove, on the Straits of Belle Isle. Having acquired her early education at the local school, Nora came to St. Anthony to complete her schooling, whereupon she joined the staff of the Grenfell Hospital where she gained valuable experience as a nursing aide at St. Anthony and Cartwright. She then endeavoured to enter for training in nursing in Canada or the United States, but to her bitter disappointment her small stature prevented from fulfilling her ambition—she was an inch too short.
In 1937 Nora sailed for England in the company of Miss Poppleton to enter training at West Middlesex Hospital in London. There she spent four years, followed by one year’s course in midwifery, a branch of her profession at which she excels. These years, steeped in history, were eventful ones for Nora. The hospital and nurses’ home were bombed repeatedly and Nora recalls having awakened to find herself amidst a tangled mass of shattered stone, glass and masonry, the roof gone over her head. Picking her way precariously through the rubble, she finally reached safety, herself unharmed and thankful for a merciful escape.
In the fall of 1943 Nora returned to St. Anthony, where she joined the nursing staff at the Grenfell Hospital where she has rendered excellent service and endeared herself to all with whom she has come into contact.
Combining in her small person an indomitible (sic) spirit and great personal courage, she has travelled hither and yon through gale and blizzard to administer to the needs of the sick and suffering, a worthy disciple of the Lady of the Lamp. On these trips, often hazardous in the extreme, her special training in midwifery has stood her in good stead, and her wide knowledge and skill, together with an inborn love of children and a deep consciousness of their particular needs, have proved of immense value on many occasions when wise judgement and the ability to act quickly in emergency are of the utmost value.
In the time of need, she has worked unceasingly with no thought of self or hours of duty intent only on saving a life. Quitly (sic) efficient, Nora inspires confidence and trust—a confidence which is based on her sterling character and high ideals and a deep understanding of the problems of humanity and its needs. Her training and experience have given her a background that should prove invaluable in the years to come, and we shall follow her future with deep interest and confidence.
Her hobbies? They are many, and include knitting, sewing and embroidery—in all of which she is very skilful—and for relaxation she thoroughly enjoys a game of bridge. Fond of reading, she takes much pleasure in a book, and is well informed in matters concerning Newfoundland and the problems peculiar to her own people. In her spare moments, too, she frequently tutors girls who aspire to train in nursing.
And now Nora is laving (sic) us. We shall miss her keenly, but we appreciate her need of a complete rest, with time to do some of the things she has long hoped to do, before taking up further duties.
Our thoughts and good wishes go with you, Nora. God speed and ‘haste ye back’.