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Dr. Enid Allison Edwards passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. She entrusted her final days to where she had devoted the last sixteen years of her medical life. Her family deeply appreciates the excellent care provided by the B.C. Cancer Agency and the staff of St. Paul’s Palliative Care ward.

Born in 1946, the adored first child of Doreen and Allan Edwards, Enid was raised amid a close family of grandparents, great- grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings in the village of Dubuc, Saskatchewan. Her love of learning and academic aptitude were recognized early. Completing grade 12 at Esterhazy High School, she was required to be independent at 16 as a boarder. Enid moved to Saskatoon the following year at barely 17 to earn a Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Technology at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1967, her son, Evan Ozirny, was born, and in 1968, Enid began work at Yorkton Union Hospital. In 1973 Enid assumed a new position at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon, teaching the combined Lab and Xray Technology program, then returned to the U of S to enter the College of Medicine.

The Canadian Medical Association commented, “Enid started her professional career as a Laboratory Medical Technologist, then broadened her education to include MD (U of S, 1981 With Distinction, Valedictorian), FRCP in General Pathology (UBC, 1986) and a Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine (UBC, 1987). Enid’s professional career as a Pathologist began as the Laboratory Director at St. Vincent’s Hospital (1987), extending to Mt. St. Joseph’s Hospital soon afterward. In 1999 she assumed the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital (1999) until her retirement (2015). In addition to her responsibilities as a Pathologist, Enid embraced the challenges of hospital administration, mentoring many physicians and technologists in leadership roles. Her leadership initiated and coordinated process-modernization of the Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital, with the goal of excellence in patient care, a passion that guided her administrative decisions. Notably, under Enid’s leadership, Lean Process Improvement, the Special Coagulation Program, Clinical Mass Spectrometry and Molecular Diagnostics were established at St. Paul’s Hospital.” Her professional medical career including internships and practicums was in Kamsack, Regina, Ottawa, Bath, England, Los Angeles, and finally Vancouver.

Enid was a voracious reader with a photographic memory for history, knowing the royal houses of Britain by heart! She began her genealogy research long before the internet made it easy, discovering our Red River family line and the forgotten story of our paternal grandmother, Lily Knight Edwards. She travelled extensively throughout the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe often incorporating family migration patterns. Holidays with Enid were educational, always including cemeteries. Her feeling of responsibility to history prompted her to repatriate our Grandma Nicholson’s house in Dubuc. Much pleasure was had refurbishing the house and yard to honour the family matriarch. The extended family is grateful for Enid’s efforts to uncover and preserve our roots.

Throughout her life she gathered good friends; their letters of farewell speak of missing her warm and generous spirit, her upbeat and sometimes irreverent sense of humour. Her virtues of loyalty, honesty, directness and hard work were her prairie legacy, tempered by a little hedonism- the arts, good whiskey, fine food, a slow walk, a Hello magazine. Her friends describe Enid as eclectic, multifaceted, accomplished (she was a photographer, a seamstress, a chef, a gardener, an adventurer, a raconteur). She always dressed like the sunrise in reds, oranges and yellows with red lipstick, fashion-forward eye glasses, chunky jewellery and dangling earrings. She was fluent at swearing. An evangelical Luddite, Enid made a minor conciliation to 21st century technology with her new iPad. She reluctantly switched to her iPhone when she could no longer source film for her old camera. She loved her springer spaniels, Tess and Halle, PBS, especially crime dramas, and never missed Jeopardy! Enid was very strong and could be tough. She was intensely private.

We bid au revoir to our dear Enid, a force of nature, an inspiration and an icon. She was the fairy tale dreamed by her ancestors… predeceased by those who knew Enid were her great grandparents, Alex and Svea Stenberg, grandparents John and Agnes Edwards, grandparents Svea (Sandra) and Norman Nicholson, her parents Doreen and Allan Edwards, and her brother Glen Edwards. Left to mourn her loss but to celebrate her extraordinary life are her son, Evan Ozirny, and her siblings and their families, Lorna (Cappy) Rieger, Greg Rieger (Jennifer Simpson), Jennifer (Cory) Brace, Rebecca (Sonny) Huska, Tim Rieger; Miriam (Larry) Anderson, Erin Anderson, Amy (Nidal) Dabghi, Eric Anderson (Michelle Tochor), Brynne Anderson (Trevor Steve); Patrick Edwards, Luke Edwards; and Dennis (Diane) Edwards, Bronwyn Edwards and James Edwards, and eighteen great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Enid’s amazing life is planned for a later date. If you choose to make a donation in Enid’s memory, please consider cancer research. She loved science.

 

Condolence Messages

  1. Jim Dimmick MD

    22 March 2021 4 weeks ago

    I am saddened to learn of the loss of Enid who was a colleague whose company I greatly enjoyed. Always upbeat, witty and extensively informed. My condolences to her family.

  2. Linda Dew MD, FRCPC

    13 March 2021 1 month ago

    So sad to hear of the loss of Enid. We bonded immediately as Med school classmates. She always was so smart and funny with life experience. She was like a big sister. It was great she lived 1/2 a block from my childhood friend in Vancouver so I could visit both of you. She has been an inspiration to so many. My love to her family.

  3. Gerry McAlpine

    08 March 2021 1 month ago

    What a sweat and gentle soul. She was beyond ambitious and intelligent.
    A long time friend of the Edwards and Nicholson families. RIP with all those that you now joined in celebration and loved you. Always will be remembered with love,
    Gerry McAlpine family

  4. Gerry and Jeanie (Ozirny) McAlpine

    07 March 2021 1 month ago

    We and our children loved Enid. Hearing of her passing was heartbreaking for all of us! Our times together were always delightful. What an extremely accomplished woman, and gift to the world! We extend our deepest condolence to Evan and all of Enid’s family and friends. We’ll never forget her. May God grant her eternal peace. Gerry and Jeanie (Ozirny) McAlpine

  5. Norm & Elly Grohs and family

    03 March 2021 2 months ago

    Our thoughts and deepest condolences to Evan and the entire Edwards family on the huge void left by the loss of your most beloved Enid. I am amazed by her very ambitious list of challenging accomplishments . She has clearly left this world a better place through her medical and personal efforts, I remember conversations with her always left me with a certain feeling that she truly had a concerned interest about everyone’s lives and aspirations. We’ll always have the legacy of her efforts regarding the detailed family tree she produced for us to hold onto. She will be missed.

  6. Kit Schindell

    28 February 2021 2 months ago

    So shocked and wrenchingly saddened to hear of Enid’s death. We first met at St. Vincent’s and later migrated to St. Paul’s at the beginning of the 2000s. We had many great visits in my office or hers, lamenting over hospital politics, discussing travel, and always sharing our love of books. She gave me many of her completed books over the years – she was erudite, hilarious, brilliant and had wonderful eclectic taste. In retirement we met for coffee and lunch, and emailed frequently. Recently we agreed to meet as soon as we could when Covid rules relaxed.
    It was a pleasure to know her, an honour to enjoy her company. She was a class act.
    Rest In Peace, my friend.

  7. CHERYL F REILLY

    25 February 2021 2 months ago

    Enid was one of a kind. I have not seen her for a while , I have fond memories of her sense of humor and down to earth attitude towards life. My sympathies to her family and friends.
    Cheryl Reilly

  8. Linda Huber

    25 February 2021 2 months ago

    Dear Miriam and Family,
    Larry and I send our deepest condolences to you on the passing of your dear sister Enid. What an accomplished woman!!
    She will be missed by your family, friends and the world.

  9. Carrol Morris

    24 February 2021 2 months ago

    I was very sad to hear of Enid’s passing. She was my high school classmate and friend. Enid was very bight and always had many interests.
    Her likeness to Audrey Hepburn and love of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s sound track and movie added to our small town dreams. She was responsible for my husband of 51 years and I meeting.
    My condolences to Evan, and the Edwards family.

  10. Deborah Griswold

    23 February 2021 2 months ago

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Enid. She was a colleague and a friend. I admired her leadership at Providence; she actively promoted the value of the lab to health care and implemented leading quality initiatives. I enjoyed our lunches after her retirement – her warmth, directness, irreverent humour and I appreciated how she took her illness in stride. I only wish she had had the opportunity to fulfill all her plans for retirement. I will miss her greatly.

  11. Sheila Potts

    21 February 2021 2 months ago

    Shocked and saddened to learn of Enid’s leaving us way too soon. We met when she came to Esterhazy High for Gr 12 and immediately I was drawn to her independent and free spirit. We kept in touch over the years but a couple of years ago we had a chance to meet for lunch and it was as if we had always been in each other’s lives! We reminisced, laughed till we cried, recanted our adventures, but never thought this would be our last encounter. Enid, you were one of a kind ! You will be missed! Condolences to Evan and the Edwards family. May memories ease your pain of losing an amazing lady.

  12. James Fraser

    21 February 2021 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear of my medical school classmates passing. We all felt our class was better for having her with us. Always was a leader for the rest of us. My condolences to her family.

  13. Joan Williams

    20 February 2021 2 months ago

    I worked with Enid at SVH and shared many irreverent hearty laughs with her. I always remember her advice (which I shared with my children) to have a f*$^ you bank account. She was a treasure who loved her Saskatchewan family deeply.

  14. Rick and Jan

    20 February 2021 2 months ago

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Enid’s passing. We were lucky to have travelled with her on a few occasions – including a visit to Dubuc ; she was the best of company. We specifically recall a dinner party where she attended to dissect a cows heart at the dinner table -after dessert – to provide an impromptu forensic biology lesson. Regrettably we lost contact over the past few years. Now it is too late. The memories remain

  15. Janet Heavyside

    20 February 2021 2 months ago

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Enid’s passing. She was a lovely person – kind, interesting and a great sense of humour! My deepest sympathy to her son and to all her family.

  16. Rosemary Pahl

    19 February 2021 2 months ago

    Knowing Enid both professionally and personally was a privilege and a lot of fun ! She was an expert in her field and was a tremendous leader and team player. Her laugh was infectious. I will miss her newsy emails and our continued connection over 20+ years. My sympathies to Evan and the Edwards family , may your memories of Enid bring you comfort and laughter amid your tears and sadness.

  17. Char Wilson

    19 February 2021 2 months ago

    Don and I are saddened by Enid’s passing.
    We only recently met with this friendly vivacious woman and were looking forward to having her as our next door neighbour.
    Our sympathy to her family.

  18. Brenda Zdunich

    19 February 2021 2 months ago

    I knew Enid when she was an intern at the Plains Health Centre in Regina. She truly did beat to her own drum. I remember a Dr. asking her to hurry and Enid, in true Enid style, replied “ I don’t hurry for anyone, ever.”
    Enid was an inspiration to all and lived such an amazing, full life.

  19. St. Vincent’s Lab Staff

    18 February 2021 2 months ago

    On behalf of St. Vincent’s lab staff, we wish to express our condolences to Evan and all Dr. E’s family and friends. St. Vincent’s Hospital was a unique and special place to work, made all the more so by Dr. E’s presence and contribution. We loved her and will miss her.

  20. John Pope

    18 February 2021 2 months ago

    Enid had a huge impact on our family over the years, starting as my wife Darcia’s coworker and mentor, soon becoming a family friend and a “surrogate grandmother” to our two girls. Over the years, the four of them spent lots of time together at lunches, teas, walks, ballets and other events.
    Enid will always hold a special place within the hearts of our family. I can only imagine all the other people around the world whom Enid also affected in such a positive way. She will be missed.

  21. Alison Rhodes

    18 February 2021 2 months ago

    I will so miss our not infrequent lunches, here and there, chatting about anything and everything, until the next one. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. She was a lovely friend, a brave person, and a true character.

  22. Daphne Meunier

    18 February 2021 2 months ago

    How we will miss her Dubuc visits and get togethers. Enid was an amazing woman, going ahead with what she wanted to do in an age when women were still supposed to be nurses, and lab techs and not doctors with innovative ideas. It still makes me cry when I think of her. Sympathy to all the family. She will be missed.

  23. Marcia Denhoed

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    I first met Enid over 10 years ago as her personal trainer and we continued on as friends. I will greatly miss our dinners out where over a glass of wine she would regale me with her latest tales of travelling the world. Also, she always had some sensible, but hilarious life, advice for me. Always a firecracker and forever an inspiration to me.
    My condolences to her whole family.

  24. Mary Procter

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    My deepest condolences to the family. I feel fortunate to have known Enid as a friend and valued our lunches and dinners together. She always had a good story and we loved to swap travelling tales. There was never a shortage of topics to discuss. She will be missed by many. Rest In Peace my friend.

  25. DONNA WILSON

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    My deepest condolences to Evan and all the family. Enid was such a good and valued friend for over 50 years. Although we didn’t see each other often, when we did it was like we had never parted. I have many wonderful memories of her and our time and a trip to New Orleans. She was so supportive in times of trouble. I chuckled when I read that she was fluent at swearing. Great memories of one New Years Eve when she and my husband drove me crazy with the “blue” air. They did it on purpose!!

  26. Jean Allan

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman in all aspects of her life. I knew her mostly through grapevine messages but as a little girl I had the impression she was an artist. I enjoyed reading of all her great achievements in life. What more could we ask for in life and death.

  27. Ron Carere

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    That is a tremendous testament to Enid who I knew as both a clinical colleague and administrative leader and builder at St Paul’s / Providence Health Care. In her last few years we met at least once a month where she always educated me on what was going on in her Department , our organization and the world in general . She was a great soul to be connected to . Rest in peace Enid .

  28. Dr. Barbara Germin

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    Dearest Classmate and friend….I will miss all your cheery letters and talks at the few reunions we had. We got so busy with our lives that we didn’t see each other as often as I would have wished. But we will always have the closeness we fostered during medical school. Rest in Peace my friend. P.S. Give Glenn a big hug from me when you see him.
    To Enid’s family…my heart goes out to you. I know what you will miss without Enid in your lives.

  29. Wafaa Abdulnour

    17 February 2021 2 months ago

    Our deepest condolences to all the family. May she Rest In Peace. Hugs and prayers.

  30. Roger and Donalie Weslowski

    16 February 2021 2 months ago

    Our sincere condolences to Evan and the entire Edwards Family. Enid’s untimely passing was a shock for us, as she always appeared to be the healthiest person in the Nicholson Family. As her younger cousin, I always looked up to her, for her accomplishments in life. She was always optimistic, humorous, and outspoken about everything, but the aura around her just made everyone feel so comfortable and happy. We will all cherish the great memories that we have of Enid.

  31. Ed & Jeanette Boyechko

    16 February 2021 2 months ago

    Deepest symathy to all the Edwards family & all that knew her, prayers & hugs .Deeply loved, sadly missed.

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