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NANCY LISA ADAMSON On Friday, January 18, 2019, Nancy Adamson, aged 59, succumbed to cancer, her strong spirit intact to the very end. Left to survive Nancy are her beloved sister Susanne Adamson (Wayne Yaskew), stepbrother Clay DeBolt (Diane Poulin), stepsister Debbie Yeo (Barry Yeo), and many cousins, aunts and extended family. Her parents, Claude and Louise Adamson predeceased her. Nancy lived most of her life in Winnipeg - a Fort Garry girl at heart. She had also lived briefly in Ecuador, Indonesia and Calgary. Like her mother, Nancy loved to shop and travel. At a young age, her parents took her and her sister on many road trips, particularly through the USA to visit her American relatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Like her father, Nancy loved music, art and photography and all things quirky. Her passions were dogs, gardening, reading, and playing Scrabble and crossword puzzles. Despite Nancy's somewhat introverted nature, she had a unique, dry sense of humour and wit that wasn't always obvious until you got to know her. Nancy really enjoyed spending time at her friends' cottages. "Lake Time" would allow Nancy to be herself and not think about her cancer. She relished her time there to sit in the sun, play board games and be surrounded by lifelong friends. Most of Nancy's career was with the City of Winnipeg - Transit Department. After leaving the job with the City, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Ecuador and Indonesia. But it was in her job as Manager of Corporate Communications & Community Development for Terralog Technologies that Nancy found her passion. She was the pioneer of Terralog's Community Development Program (CDP), and was instrumental in building a solid foundation for the future of the CDP. Nancy developed and refined the program into an essential and integrated component of the company's culture. She worked with projects/communities in rural areas worldwide and travelled to these remote locations to oversee the community development activities. She thrived on scoping out new CDP projects, and was so proud to see the work having such a positive influence on people's lives - especially the children. Nancy was a medical wonder, turning a very grim six-month prognosis into over 80 months. Her incredibly positive attitude and her desire to travel kept her going. Prior to her illness, Nancy loved her yearly beach vacations. Despite the challenges of her cancer, she continued to travel with friends to Europe and Mexico, and also ventured on her own back to Ecuador to see old friends and colleagues from her ESL days. Nancy and Susanne had many "Sister holidays" in New York, Bali, Singapore, Mexico, Hawaii and Florida. Nancy's longevity would not have been possible without two outstanding, compassionate medical oncologists, Dr. Gwyn Bebb (Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary), and Dr. Shantanu Banerji (CancerCare Manitoba) and their staff, particularly Lisa Lamonte (Tom Baker) and Lori Walker (CancerCare Manitoba). They really "got" Nancy for the person she was. Nancy's kindness, light-hearted spirit, and generosity made her beloved and cherished with family, friends and colleagues everywhere she went, at home and in her travels. To honour Nancy's life and memories, a 'Celebration of Life' event will be held at the Qualico Family Centre, 330 Assiniboine Park Drive, on Thursday February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to CancerCare Manitoba, Manitoba Mutts, Winnipeg Pet Rescue, or any other charity of your choosing. Condolences may be sent to Splendour in the Grass "What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now forever taken from my sight Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind, In the primal sympathy Which having been must ever be, In the soothing thoughts that spring Out of human suffering, In the faith that looks through death, In years that bring the philosophic mind." William Wordsworth

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 26, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Nancy is truly one of a kind. We worked together and on those rough days we always shared a laugh which can change the day. Her humour and smile is what I will always remember. You will be missed. Love always. - Posted by: Nguyen Mai (Friend) on: Jun 03, 2019

  • A lot of wonderful memories. Going out for breakfast at the old Pony Corral every morning before school. Trips to Grand Forks. One in particular when we got stuck in a snow storm and billeted out to an old farmhouse. Always an adventure. Nancy was so vivacious it was contagious. After school it was lunches with Jan and Nancy when we could arrange it. I will miss you. It was an honour and a pleasure to call you friend. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Shirley Laurie (Friend) on: Feb 21, 2019

  • Nancy and I had a brief friendship when she lived and worked in Calgary. Her sister Susanne and I are dear friends. I loved Nancy’s sense of humour and wittiest personality! I loved her reactions when she saw Lil’s Million dollar shoes! I always wished I had a chance to show her Lils million dollar 1000 sq feet walk in closet. You will always have a special place in my heart ❤️ Nancy! No more pain you are in paradise now for eternity! Your an Angel to Susanne and I will always miss you! Blessings and love always, Dayle xxoo - Posted by: Dayle Drummond (Friend in Calgary) on: Feb 20, 2019

  • A tough loss for everyone that knew her. - Posted by: randy van caeyzeele (friend) on: Jan 28, 2019

  • Nancy will be missed, but never forgotten. As mentioned, her courage and positive spirit and attitude throughout her illness was nothing short of amazing. I was lucky enough to spend many days with her as a close friend starting in high school and beyond. We embraced her company in our home many, many times, and shared "lake time" with common friends all over the provincial Summer getaways. Nancy was well known by our children and admired for her kindness and good humour. Nancy was an inspiration for many people in many places, and touched many lives in a generous heartfelt nature she will always be remembered for. - Posted by: Robert McLenaghan (friend) on: Jan 26, 2019

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