Dr. Violeta Elizabeth (Betty) Ribeiro RN., BNSc., MS., DNSc.

November 17, 1938 to February 29, 2024


Dr. Violeta Elizabeth (Betty) Ribeiro RN., BNSc., MS., DNSc.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Violeta Elizabeth (Betty) Ribeiro in her 85th year.

She was a former Public Health Nurse and Associate Professor of Nursing, Memorial University of NL, Faculty of Nursing.

Predeceased by her parents, Antonio & Fernanda; and sister, Maria.

Leaving to mourn her brother, Joachim (Sarah); niece, Janice and family; nephew, Jay and family; as well as good friends, Judith Blakeley, Helen Jones, Elizabeth & Mike Dillon (Mark & Meika), Bobbie Boland & Bill Duggen (Ana & Daniel), and Liz Duff.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Nurses and other staff at Glenbrook Lodge for the care and support they provided Violeta during her stay.

As per Violeta’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.




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My sincerest condolences to Betty’s family and close friends. She was such a gentle, generous and kind person. May she Rest In Peace.

So sad to hear another lovely soul has passed. I fondly remember her from the School of Nursing days. May she rest in peace til we meet again !!

So sad to hear another lovely soul has passed. I fondly remember her from the School of Nursing days. May she rest in peace til we meet again !!

I will always remember my School of Nursing days with fondness. One of my favorite people at SON was and always will be Betty. I worked with her on the Undergraduate Committee for many semesters and we always had a few laughs when we got together in her office after the meetings to go through the minutes. We usually had a fur buddy under the table waiting for us to finish so they could head home with Mom. She will be missed by all who knew her. Hugs to all her family & friends.

Ms. Ribeiro was a wonderful professor-very kindly and supportive. My condolences to her family, friends and colleagues

Condolences to Betty’s friends. She was a very helpful great friend when I first moved to St. John’s. and to MUN School of Nursing.

So sad to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful colleague in MUN School of Nursing and it was a pleasure to have known her. Rest easy Betty

So sad to hear of Ms Ribiero’s passing. I had the privilege of knowing her both as one of my nursing professors and as a colleague. She was always so knowledgeable and such a kind mentor. We had many chats about her Portuguese heritage and her love of animals and nature. She often corrected me when I referred to her as Ms Ribiero but-the respect i garnered from her as a student lived on. Rest in Peace Ms Ribeiro

“To the house of a friend the road is never long”
Great friends since 1962.
Rest in peace dear soul.
Mike & Elizabeth (Veitch) Dillon

Knowing Betty for many years as a colleague and friend, I miss her enthusiasm, compassion for her work. Her dedication and kindness continue into her retirement.. I remember, even with her arthritic pain and accompanied by her beloved energetic dog, she brought her valuable books to my house to be distributed to nurses in other countries who dont have access to such valuable resources. I sincerely share the loss with her famiy and friends.

I offer my sincere condolences to Betty’s family and her friends. Betty and I met at Toronto General Hospital when we were both training there to become RNS. She became my very dear friend and I cherish the holidays and many long chats that we had when she moved to Newfoundland.

So saddened to hear of Ms.Ribeiro’s passing. She was one of my instructors at MUN School of Nursing. I often brought up her name in conversations about our aging population. I remember her telling us how in years to come we would have a crisis in our health care system if we did not plan for our aging population. Those words of wisdom always stayed with me. She had so much insight. May she rest in peace.

I worked with Betty at MUN and I remember her kindness, gentleness and great sense of humour. My condolences to her family.

To family and friends,
Betty was a wonderful kind mentor to me at MUN School of Nursing. Her passion for nursing was infectious. In later years, I met her on walking trails with her beloved dog. And it was always a delight to see her. She will be missed. My sincere condolences.

I am saddened to learn of Betty’s passing. I was an Associate Professor with her at Memorial University for many years. She was enthusiastic about her work and was helpful and supportive to others. She had a contagious smile and a wonderful sense of humor.
I send my deepest sympathy to her family and all those who loved her.

To the Family,
Sincere Condolences to all Dr.Ribeiro’s family and friends who loved her. She was an amazing professor. I remember her well
Vera Williams RN, BN

Judy and Helen, It is with great sadness to hear of Betty’s death. She was one of the greatest teachers I ever met and a superb mentor when I began my Academic career. She was passionate about her teaching. She was also a wonderful friend. I often think about a fun road trip we took to Northern Alberta a number of years ago and our many adventures there. She had a great sense of humour. My sincere condolences to you, her family and other friends.

Betty loved her garden, her animals, all things of nature, her Portuguese heritage and was a voracious reader. She was good with fabrics and threads and created beautiful things. A great story teller and singer at a party too! A most gracious woman with a fierce independence. Our family is grateful to have known and been loved by her and her Mom Nanda and the way they embraced us.

To Judy, Helen, Bobbie and Bill and Betty’s family and friends, my heartfelt condolences. I had the absolute privilege and pleasure of being taught by Betty at MUN School of Nursing . Betty’s passion for Community Health Nursing, her appreciation for the experience of RNs in the program, her compassion, caring and humour were hallmarks of the many gifts she brought to Nursing education. I loved being in her class and learned so much from her. This photo captures beautifully her lovely smile and the twinkle in her eyes I remember so fondly. May your wonderful memories of her give you peace and comfort in these days of loss.

My mother, Bev Rockwell, was an Assoc. Prof with Betty at MUN School of Nursing and held her in high regard. Offering sincere condolences to Betty’s family.