Tarje and Geline's Grandchildren
Mable Eugenia Grover
Born March 24, 1898 Clay County, Minnesota
Died: November 3, 1991 Ulen, Clay County, Minnesota
Mable graduated from Concordia College in 1920 and taught history in Benson MN. Her real dream, however, was to be a nurse.
She enrolled in Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD and, after receiving her nursing degree, she began an amazing career that would span 40 years.
Mable quickly learned that she loved the personal nature of public nursing, and her commitment to that calling is reflected in positions as Educational Director for the Visiting Nurse Association and Director of the National League for Nursing.
She was a generous and compassionate woman who also had the toughness to be a leader in what was then still very much a "man's world." Mable took great pride in establishing the Public Health Nursing program in Columbus Ohio. She retired as its executive director in 1967 and returned to Moorhead.
Mable's career served as an example both for those women with whom she came in contact in her work and also the female members of her extended family. Although nursing was a "for women only" profession at the time, leadership roles were generally given to men. She developed an ability to do her job so effectively that she gained not only recognition but promotions from her male superiors. In the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's, that was an amazing political accomplishment in and of itself.
Mable thoroughly enjoyed travels to Europe, India, Australia and the Far East. She wished that she had had time to have her own family, but would say with honest sincerity that she counted all the children of Columbus as her own.
Mable spent the last few years of her life in Viking Manor Nursing Home in Ulen, Minnesota, dying there at the age of 93. She is buried in Concordia Cemetery.