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JANET ELIZABETH ARNOTT (published on March 06, 2010)



DR. JANET ELIZABETH ARNOTT On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Dr. Janet Elizabeth Arnott died suddenly, with her friend Gwyneth at her side, after being ill for many months. Elizabeth was born in Winnipeg on June 3, 1930, the only child of Andrew and Grace Arnott. They lived on a farm near Roblin, MB, until Andrew's death from pneumonia in 1937. Then having no local resources, Grace took her daughter back to her mother's farm in Scotland. When the war came in 1939, Grace went to work, and Elizabeth to boarding school. In 1945 Elizabeth went to live with her English uncle and aunt in Shrewsbury, to attend high school there, as her mother was working for UNRRA in Germany. In 1948 Elizabeth went to London to study medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, and when she had completed her internship in England she moved to Winnipeg for specialty training. Her mother Grace in 1953 had returned to Manitoba to marry her late husband's cousin John Arnott, and Elizabeth acquired a grown up step-family of five; and numerous cousins who lived in the neighbourhood. Elizabeth however kept in touch with her British uncle, aunts and cousins, visiting the U.K. every two-four years. Since she never married these family connections were especially cherished. She finally chose to practice Pathology. This was partly due to the happy and busy Pathology Department run by Dr. D.W. Penner at the Winnipeg General Hospital. Elizabeth was also on faculty at the University of Manitoba. She worked in Morbid Anatomy, with particular interest in lung pathology, including cancer and exfoliative cytology. Her career ended with early retirement in 1986 due to ill health. In her retirement she volunteered in various community activities, including literacy training and coaching of immigrants in language skills. She participated in the life of St. George's church and was an active member of the Cancer support group, the Refugee and Mission and Ministry Committee and various other groups. Elizabeth survived breast and lung cancer, but had pulmonary fibrosis in her last years. She will be buried with her parents on Thursday, March 4 in Roblin, MB at 2:00 p.m. at Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home. Elizabeth's life will be celebrated at the 10.30 a.m. Service on Sunday, March 7 at St. George's Anglican Church Crescentwood at Wilton and Grosvenor. Flowers gratefully declined. If you so wish, a donation may be made in her honour to St. George's Memorial Fund Inc., 168 Wilton St, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3C3.


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