Ethel M. Reed and Deanna Noonan Interview, July 16, 1991


Gladys Peterson



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Ethel Reed recalls growing up while moving throughout western Montana in the 1920s and 30s. She discusses her decision to become a nurse and her training at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She talks about her nursing work in Kalispell, Montana before she served as an Army nurse during World War II. She talks about her service experience as a nurse and the service culture in Washington state, Hawaii, and Guam during the war. She discusses treating soldiers and Marines in the Pacific, including from the Battle of Attu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. When she was discharged, she became a public health nurse in Lake County (Montana) before mothering children and continuing more informal work as a private care nurse. Reed’s daughter, Deanna Noonan, discusses how her experience becoming a nurse in the 1970s and 80s in Montana differed from her mother’s and supplements Reed’s memories with her point of view.


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Document Type

Oral History


practical nurse; military nurse; public health nurse; private care nurse; mother; hospital nurse; floor nurse

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Nurses in Montana Oral History Project, OH 259, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 259-015, 259-016

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (01:00:00 min.): analog

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:40:09 minutes

Local Filename

OH_259_015_016.mp3; OH_259_015_016.pdf

Ethel M. Reed and Deanna Noonan Interview, July 16, 1991