Patricia Mary Harvey

March 19, 1928January 17, 2021

Pat Harvey Memories

Our dear Aunt Pat was the last of five children born in twelve years to Margaret and Reginald Harvey. Life changed for Pat when her father Reginald died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 58. Pat was only fourteen at the time. Her closest brother Alan was sixteen. The other family members were already out of the house attending work or school. Because of this Pat and Alan had to stay home and do chores. Pat accomplished Grades 9, 10, and 11 by correspondence from the Saskatchewan Dept. of Education. She stayed home for two years so her brothers Walter and Alan could finish school. They came home on weekends to do chores. This delayed her graduating from Grade 12 by a couple of years.

Pat met her dear friend Isobel Hoskins ( at the time) in Grade 12. They sat next to each other as their last names started with H. They continued together in the School of Nursing program for a three year diploma in Saskatoon City Hospital. Pat graduated at age 23. Then she worked casual from so she could also help her Mom on the farm. Then she went to Alert Bay for thirteen months, Her sister Kathleen ( Kay) and brother in law Ed lived there at the time as well as her little niece Anne. Baby Patricia arrived while Pat was there. Pat followed her friend Olga from Alert Bay to Golden for six months. It seemed like the end of the earth. She worked at one more place in the Emergency Department of the Saskatoon City Hospital before her trip to England with a nursing friend Betty. They spent seven months visiting relatives and staying with Aunt Kit (her mother's sister) in Ashford, England. After that she had many nursing jobs. These include Staff and Head Nurse of the Recovery Room at the University Hospital in Saskatoon. Before she left Saskatchewan she attended U of Sask. to start her Batchelor of Nursing degree with a diploma in Nursing Unit Administration.

For the next five years Pat lived in Victoria.She worked as a Head Nurse in the Recovery Room of Royal Jubilee Hospital. Then back to Calgary for three years as a Head Nurse in Rockyview Hospital. From there she went back to Saskatoon to complete her Batchelor of Nursing degree. She had seven sessions to complete. Then she returned to Calgary and was hired by the Foothills Hospital in many different positions including Evening Coordinator, Head Nurse Reactivation Unit to Discharge Planning coordinator. Besides her work she belonged to the Field Naturalist group and Camera Club. She took hundreds and hundreds of slides. She had artistic talent taking slides of flowers and birds. Her travels took her to Australia and New Zealand twice, Costa Rica, Hawaii and the Maritimes with her many friends.

To Close a Poem- Author Unknown God saw you getting tired When a cure was not to be So He closed his arms around you and whispered "Come to Me" You did not deserve what you went through and so He gave you rest God's garden must be beautiful He only takes the best So when we saw you sleeping so peaceful and free of pain We could not wish you back to suffer that again Good bye Aunt Pat, we love you and will keep your memory in our hearts forever. Until we meet again! Love your nieces and nephews.


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Jane Murchison

February 6, 2021

My mother Isobel Patterson thought of Pat Harvey as a sister. My brothers and I, as well as my own children, grew up knowing her as our own dear Aunt Pat. She was always a bright addition to any family gathering and meant the world to my mother, and to us.
They became especially close after my father passed away at a young age. My mother was lucky to have Pat as a live long friend.
When I was a teen ager Aunt Pat gave me my first hiking guide and every time my husband have used it over the last 40 years we smile as we see her signature in the front cover of the book.
Her memory, and her smile, plus her love of the great outdoors continue to life on.
Much love,
Jane Murchison and Family

Doris Garner

February 2, 2021

I worked with Pat when the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary was under construction. Pat was hired to set up the Recovery Room, and I was the assistant director of nursing. She went about this challenging task in a calm, efficient, and professional manner resulting in a well-run adjunct to the Operating Room. Cathy McGlashan (now deceased) who set up the Operating Room and Pat became good friends. I often joined them for hiking and cross country skiing outings, which we all enjoyed so much.

Pat with her kind, calm manner was a fine role model for all staff at the Rockyview.

Valerie Romanzin

January 30, 2021

Pat was such a wonderful friend for 30 plus years. We met at Sarcee Nursing Home in Calgary when she was our dedicated volunteer for library service and outings. She was such a positive, engaging person, and we always looked forward to hearing about her adventures whether she be hiking, cross country skiing, travelling or exploring new subjects with her camera and photography club. Along with a few close friends, we also enjoyed lunches on her lovely garden patio.
In the later years, Pat and I would just visit for coffee and a walk, or go for a swim at Mount Royal University, or sit in her suite and listen to her favourite music collection. She also willingly attended my children's music concerts and so appreciated being among the younger generation. Pat was such a strong, compassionate person who loved people and loved life. We will miss her very much and know that God has a beautiful voice joining his heavenly choir. Love Valerie, Gerry, Quinn, Garrett and Metea.

Beth McNeilly

January 29, 2021

Pat was a volunteer at Sarcee Nursing Home in Calgary when my dear Mom was a resident there. Mom loved Pat so much she thought of her as another daughter. Pat brought the library cart full of books each week as one of her many volunteer duties. We also swam with the small group of seniors each week at the Rehab Pool at the U of C. . Pat became a very close friend and I often took Mom over to Pat's for lunch with Val Romanzin. Those are very special memories. Thank you to ALL of you who looked after Pat so caringly. She was a very special friend.