Giovando Lucille (Lucy)
Lucille (Lucy) Giovando, born on September 5th, 1918 of a pioneer Ladysmith family, died on December 13, 2015 in her 98th year in Ladysmith after a long and productive life. Predeceased by her father John Dominic Giovando, her mother Victoria Giovando, her siblings Dr. Larry Giovando, Marie Doumont, Minnie Honeyman and Tony Giovando, Lucy is survived by her loving niece and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
After obtaining a degree in nursing from UBC Lucy worked as a public health nurse in a number of locations in B.C. including Kelowna, Kamloops and Cumberland. She then went to the United States where she obtained her Masters Degree in Public Health. She then moved back to B.C. where she worked for many years as a public health nurse, eventually becoming administrator of the nursing staff initially at the public health unit in North and West Vancouver, and subsequently at the public health unit in the Burrard District of Vancouver.
Lucy had a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious laugh, both of which were most often directed towards herself. She was adventurous and strong willed, and loved life and people. She was particularly fond of travelling and visited, among other places, Mongolia, the Orient, South East Asia, Latin America and Morocco. In the 1950’s she worked for a year as a nurse for the World Health Organization in El Salvador, an adventure that provided her with many interesting memories.
Lucy recently returned to live in the family home in Ladysmith, where she spent many happy months in the company of friends and relatives. Throughout her life Lucy was comforted by her strong and abiding religious faith. All those who crossed paths with Lucy will miss her. A memorial mass for Lucy will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ladysmith on January 23rd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Lucy may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, #200-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 4K6.
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