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Bettie-Anne Gleadow

Date of Service: 8 January, 2021

Time of Service: Not Recored

GLEADOW, Bettie-Anne QSM: Died peacefully on January 5th 2020 at Stillwater Lifecare in Nelson. Daughter of Charles James West Gleadow and Mary-Anne Gleadow (Molly, nee Clarkin), she was born 14 July 1933 in Paeroa where she spent her youth. Sister of the late Lawrence, Pamela (Dunne) and Colleen (Jones). She was also predeceased by her long-term companion Constance Winifred Young (Connie) and faithful dogs Greta, Gerda and Ebon. Bettie-Anne lived her life large and on her terms. Retired at 55. Passionate in her work and pursuits. A straight shooter. She didn’t suffer fools but had a heart of gold. She loved good kit. Guns. Rods. Boats. Trucks. She never wanted to grow old. Bettie-Anne spent 4 years in the army as a driver and competed as a horsewoman and marksman. She trained as a mid-wife and as a registered general, psychiatric and obstetric nurse. In 1966 she earned a post-graduate diploma in nursing administration. She worked as an assistant matron in Porirua, Matron at Ngawatu and became Matron in Chief and then Chief Nursing Officer of the Nelson Hospital Board from 1972 to 1988. She pioneered new patient-focussed nursing and psychiatric care techniques and helped change nursing education from hospital to polytechnic based programs. She was awarded a Queen Service Medal for Public Service in 1990. Bettie-Anne was an active outdoor enthusiast. She hunted (possums, rabbits, ducks, geese, goats, deer, pigs and tahr), fished both fresh and saltwater and gardened actively. In her close to 50 years in the Nelson region she combined its meats, fruits and flavours beautifully as an accomplished gourmand. She had a diverse group of friends and has been an inspiration and role model for many. Media articles, a television special and book chapters document her unconventional and uncompromising approach to life. The Nelson Mail article on winning a pig hunting competition in 1987 as a 54 year old, is a gem. Bettie Anne is survived by her sister-in-law Bernice Gleadow (Currie) and lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews and their families. She and her amazing stories (all true) will be missed. The family thanks the caring staff and residents at Stillwater Lifecare for supporting Bettie-Anne in her last years A celebration of Life will be held at Marsden House Funeral Home, 41 Nile Street East, Nelson on 27 February 2021 at 2pm Please feel free to come and share your stories of Bettie-Anne.