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Born: Jan 03, 1937

Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2019

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NANCY HARUMI NISHIBATA (OKIMURA) On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the age of 82, our dearest Nancy peacefully passed away at the Grace Hospice. She has gone to be with her parents, Akira and Emiko Okimura, and her brother, Richard. Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life are her husband, Ken Kinya, of 56 years, daughter Tannis (Ron), and precious grandsons, Cameron, Caiden and Curran. Mom was born on January 3, 1937, in Vancouver, BC. During the Second World War, she spent the internment years on a sugar beet farm in Arnaud, MB. After the war, she relocated to Winnipeg and attended Victoria Albert School from Grades 2 to 7, then to Hugh John Macdonald for Junior High and to Daniel McIntyre for High School. From 1953 to 1969, she worked for the Government of Canada, beginning with the Department of Transport, promoted to the Board of Grain Commissioners and then finally at the Department of Fisheries. She married her beloved Ken on September 1, 1962. She was a stay at home mom for a number of years, until her parent volunteering turned into a position as an educational assistant in the Assiniboine South School Division from 1982 to 1996, where she became part of the Westgrove School family. Mom had her dad's athleticism and love for sports, playing volleyball, softball and tennis. She also curled and bowled in her younger years, as well as was a hometown sports fan, finding great joy in watching her Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets. She also had her mom's love for cooking, sewed many outfits in her day and took great pride in her flower and vegetable garden. Mom was always up for a day at the casino, a great meal or a game of cards. Mom and Dad loved their trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas and to Steveston, BC where they travelled to meet up with good friends. Mom was a loving and strong woman. Family meant everything to Mom and nothing brought her more joy than watching her grandsons do what they loved doing. She cheered them on and was such an enthusiastic spectator. She was always sure that she got to everyone's activities, colour coding her calendar so that she did not miss a thing. We will always remember her beautiful smile, her heartfelt gratitude towards all those who cared for her and her positive attitude, even when the going got tough. Our family extends their heartfelt thanks to everyone who assisted us during Mom's journey with cancer, most especially to Mary and Lisa, as well as the palliative care team at St. Boniface and the Grace Hospice. We are greatly appreciative to all of our friends and family for all of their love and support during Mom's illness. A celebration of Mom's life will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 180 McPhillips St., Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Nancy's memory to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or to the Grace Hospital Foundation (Grace Hospice). Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences:

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 23, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Dear Tannis. I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My love to you and your family. Claire - Posted by: Claire Sutton (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2019

  • Very sorry about your mom, if possible can you give a call if you need to talk. 204 7832882. Thank you - Posted by: Jamila Syed (Friend of Hiroko in Port Colborne) on: Mar 28, 2019

  • Tannis, please accept my condolences on the death of your mom. You, Ron and your boys are in my thoughts. - Posted by: Derek Fraser (Victoria, BC) (Family acquaintance) on: Mar 26, 2019

  • I remember her lovely smile. She and Ken would drive me to and from the temple when I lived on Beverley Street, an offer they made that I couldn't refuse! Thank you. - Posted by: Tanis L Moore (Manitoba Buddhist Temple sangha) on: Mar 26, 2019

  • We are so sorry to hear the news of your Mom's passing Tannis. Please know that we are thinking of you at this sad time. Andrea and Tim Stuart and Family - Posted by: Andrea Bell Stuart (Friend ) on: Mar 25, 2019

  • Dear Ken, Tanus and family, Our deepest sympathies, just heard that Nancy passed away, she was a courageous lady. Although we have not seen her for many years we will always have fond memories of Nancy from our days in Winnipeg. Brian and Irene in Ottawa. - Posted by: Brian and Irene Mitani (Friends) on: Mar 24, 2019

  • My condolences, Ken, to you and your family. I, too, will remember Nancy's beautiful smile, compassion, and love of life. Sincerely, Jackie Drever - Posted by: Jackie Drever (Childhood neighbour) on: Mar 23, 2019

  • Dear Ken and Family. Barb and I send our sincere condolences in the passing of Nancy. We enjoyed the many years of good fun and laughter shared together on our Friday night Nisei bowling league. May God bless you all at this difficult time. Jim and Barb Campbell - Posted by: Barb & Jim Campbell (Friends of Family) on: Mar 23, 2019

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