Bernice H. Brawn, 96: A dedicated nurse

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BATH — Bernice H. Brawn, 96, died May 14 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

She was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 28, 1915, to William and Agnes Howard. She was orphaned at age 10 and adopted by Murdock and Mayme Carmichael of Aberdeen, Nova Scotia.

She attended Cape Breton, Nova Scotia schools. She moved to Bath in 1938 and graduated from Bath memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She also graduated from an operating room course in New York and became an operating room supervisor for 20 years. She taught nurses aide classes during World War II.

On July 11, 1942, she married Stanley Brawn and was employed as an operating room nurse for several years. She was the Bath school nurse and the public health nurse for Bath.

She was past president of the Bath Nurse’s Alumni, Maine State Nursing Association, Maine Teachers Association and Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational in Bath. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Humane Society.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley, on Feb. 19, 1986.

Brawn is survived by her son, Bruce S. Brawn; sister, Helen Symonds; and one niece, Carol Symonds.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. June 2 at Riverside Cemetery in Woolwich.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 3 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 or Camp Sebago, P.O. 3647, Portland, ME 04104.