December 4, 1932 – December 1, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Nancy Kaye. Nancy was dearly loved by many, and was affectionately known as “Grammie” to her grandchildren and much of her family. While we find comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with her beloved husband Ralph (who passed in 2018), she will be deeply missed.
Nancy is survived by her children Michael (Lorie), Lisa (Steven) and Randy (Sylvie), eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister Catherine, sister-in-law Elizabeth, her dear childhood friend Joyce, and many friends from Parksville, Vancouver and Sun City West, AZ.
Nancy will be lovingly remembered for her stubborn refusal to sit still. At various times she could be found tending roses and dahlias in her garden, busy in the kitchen preparing her legendary soups and muffins, cooking and hosting big family dinners, enjoying her evening swim in the ocean, or organizing and attending social gatherings with her friends. This productive spirit, along with her steadfast belief in the importance of education, led her to pursue a university degree at the age of 39. This was followed by a successful career as a Business Education teacher in West Vancouver at Hillside Secondary and West Van Secondary.
In 1990, Nancy and Ralph retired to their home on the beach in Parksville. Nancy and Ralph spent many winters in Sun City West, Arizona, returning each year to spend Christmas with the family at the Whistler cabin.
Nancy was a caring and compassionate person, and loved animals and all creatures big and small. She was a passionate supporter of animal rescue and the SPCA. Canine visitors to Nancy’s home were guests of honour, and treated to home-made meals, love and attention. At the end of a busy day, Nancy enjoyed watching the eagles, sea lions and beach wildlife from her sunroom overlooking the sea.
The family would like to thank the Comfort Keepers staff that worked with Nancy during her last year, as well as the staff and doctors at the Nanaimo General Hospital.
A celebration of Nancy’s life has been scheduled for Saturday, March 11th, 1:00 p.m., at Yates Memorial Services, in Parksville.
Those wishing to honour Nancy’s memory may do so by making a donation to the Parksville SPCA.
To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesmemorial.ca
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