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Olive Jean CHEASLEY
Père : CHEASLEY
Décès le : 2002-03-27
Parution : 2002-04-05
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

Peacefully on March 27, 2002. She was the youngest child of the late Henry and Susan Cheasley of Dartford, England and Montreal, and much loved adopted daughter of the late Archibald and Madeleine Waters of Montreal. Olive was predeceased by husband Royden in 1996 and is survived by step-daughter Dorothey Dellandrea of Bowmanville, Ontario and by numerous much loved nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. She was educated in Montreal and was an Associate of the London (England) College of Music. During WW II she served as Principal Secretary to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of National Defense and finally to General the Honourable A.G.L. McNaughton, Minister of National Defense (1944-45). In 1945 she was invited to join the newly formed Department of National Health and Welfare as Departmental Secretary, the only woman in Canada at that time to occupy such a post. She was a charter member of the Women's Committees of the Repertory theatre and of the Choral Union, both of Ottawa as well as an active member of the Ottawa Branch of Zonta International. Olive has been an active member of the Baptist Church in Montreal and Ottawa, the United Church in Perth, Ontario as well as Cadboro Bay United Church in Victoria. In 1965 she resigned from the Federal Civil Service and married Royden Cecil Kirkham of Perth and Ottawa at the Riverside Church in New York. After traveling overseas for three years, they established their summer home in Perth and their winter home in Florida enjoying both for over twenty years. They moved to Victoria in 1992. No service at Olive's direction. CARE Funeral Services in charge of arrangements. The Ottawa Citizen, 05-04-2002

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