Alice "Sally" Logdon passed away on August 26, 2018 at the Rose Villa at the age of 106 years. Sally was born in Deptford, South London on August 1, 1912, the first child of Louisa Amelia and George Albert Logdon. Her younger siblings, Beatrice and George followed in 1914 and 1916.
Sadly, both her parents had died by the end of 1919. Amelia was a victim of the 1917 influenza epidemic and George later succumbed to lung cancer. The three children were looked after by a neighbor for a while and then taken to Holloway in North London to be cared for by their late father's family. It was not a happy time for any of them as their education was not taken seriously and they were expected to do all the housework. Sally left home as soon as she was old enough, found a job in a lawyer's office and she "boarded" at the Salvation Army. Throughout her long life the "Sally Anne" was her primary charity.
Her next few jobs were as a nanny and housekeeper. At the first one, she really felt at home and probably would have stayed but the family moved to Bristol on the other side of England from London and she did not want to be so far away from her siblings who were still living with the relatives. Her second housekeeping job was for a family who owned a tailor's shop in central London and she remained there until the outbreak of WWII in 1939. Of course, "the war" changed everyone's lives, but for Sally it was really life-changing as she decided to train as a nurse and never looked back. She remained in Britain doing her training in Scotland and then working at a hospital in southern England where most of the war-damaged soldiers and airmen were first sent from the war front.
After the war, she remained in England and worked her way up the nursing ladder until the mid-1950’s when she and three nursing friends decided to take a working trip to Canada and North America. One of their stops in Canada was Swift Current, SK where Sally made several lifelong friends. She and the other three English girls continued with their plans across Canada and the U.S., but Sally had already decided that she would emigrate from England and Saskatchewan would become her home.
After tidying up all her loose ends in England and saying good-bye to her siblings and their families, Sally set sail on October 5, 1960 from Southampton to Montréal on the SS Ivernia of the Cunard Line. She spent a few days in Montréal with a friend before travelling to Saskatoon where she had secured a nursing position in a city hospital. Sally made several friends in Saskatoon but she spent most of her "off duty time" in Swift Current as her closest friends were in that area. Laureen and Joe's family homestead and farm had become her second home.
When Sally was reaching retirement age, she moved to Elrose, SK where she nursed for a further few years in the small-town hospital and from where she could so easily take the bus down to Swift Current. Sally purchased a house in Elrose and was able to test her skills with growing vegetables and flowers, a hobby she loved but this was the first time on her own property. One of her ambitions for her retirement was to travel as much as possible. She realized that if that was going to happen she needed to be free of house and garden maintenance, so forward thinking as ever, she sold her house in Elrose and secured a unit in McNab Place in Rosetown. Unfortunately, on the morning of her move from Elrose she fell and broke a hip - putting paid to all her travel plans. She was very disappointed, but being who she was she went ahead making the best of what life tossed to her. When she could no longer care for herself, at the age 102, she moved into Rose Villa where she remained until her passing.
A Celebration of Sally's Life will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Shanidar Funeral Chapel with Mr. Joseph Jérôme officiating. Donations in memory of Sally may be made to Heartland Health Region (R&DHC LTC Activity Fund), P.O. Box 653, Rosetown, SK, S0L 2V0.
A Celebration of Sally's Life was held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Shanidar Funeral Chapel with Mr. Joseph Jérôme officiating.
Donations in memory of Sally may be made to Heartland Health Region (R&DHC LTC Activity Fund), P.O. Box 653, Rosetown, SK, S0L 2V0.