appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 17 Jun 1909, p. 3, column 1
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A MARTYR TO HER PROFESSION
Miss Ida McNabb, Nurse, Dies in a
The remains were tenderly laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery on Monday afternoon, of Miss Ida J. McNabb, who died in Lakeside Hospital, Chicago, last Thursday, 10th June. Miss McNabb was the victim of the perils always attending one of her chosen profession. About a year and a half ago she was poisoned with anti-toxin in a home where several members of the family were stricken with diptheria. Her health was considerably impaired at the time, but she continued her work, and seemed later to have fully recovered. Later a tumor developed and about six weeks ago she underwent an operation. She recovered from this and spent some time in nursing a man who had been shot, when she was obliged to return to the hospital and a second operation was found to be necessary. Being well known to the leading physicians in Chicago, the best surgical skill available was at her command. Her weakened constitution was unable to rally from the effects of the second operation, and on Wednesday of last week the friends here were notified of her condition. Messrs. William and Neil McNabb left by first train and arrived at her bedside a few hours prior to her death. The remains were brought home, arriving here on Friday evening.
Miss McNabb was the daughter of the late Arch. McNabb, born at Sunnydale, and came to Acton with her parents twenty years ago. After securing a good public and high school education she entered the training school for nurses at Toronto General Hospital, graduating on the 10th of June, 1898. Her death, therefore, took place on the eleventh anniversary of her graduation. After graduating she was for a year night superintendent of the General Hospital, and then spent nine months as Superintendent of nurses at the Emergency Hospital, Toronto. Nine years ago she went to Chicago and joined the White Cross Nursing Association. The superintendent is Dr. Sherrin, a Canadian, in whose residence Miss McNabb made her home. Her skilful services as a nurse rendered her a favorite with the physicians of the city, and she was so much in demand that her strength was often taxed almost beyond endurance. She made lasting friends with her patients.
She always had a warm place in her heart for Acton and for her family and friends here, and made one or two trips home each year. In fact she was home about six or seven weeks ago to see her widowed mother, who is now prostrated with this heavy bereavement. She was a person of much serious thought, and although deprived of the privileges of regular attendance at the Church services, embraced all opportunities that offered. This spring she was baptised in the First Baptist Church. General sympathy is felt for the bereaved family in her untimely death.
The following friends from a distance attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. D. L Jones, Smiths Falls; Mr. John Wilhausen, Walkerton: Mr. and Mrs. R. Smith, Creemore; Mrs. James McLam, Midland; Mrs. Follis, Mr. W. Craine and Mrs. Jones, Toronto; Mrs. R. B. Wood, Guelph; Mr. and Mrs. King and Mrs. Wright, Preston; Mrs. Wilson, Georgetown; Mrs. Andrew, Blythe; and Mrs. Dinsley, Wingham.
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