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Born: Jun 24, 1935

Date of Passing: Sep 05, 2020

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June 24, 1935 - September 5, 2020

Nancy, a teacher from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, immigrated to Slocan City, BC, in 1959. From there, she spent the next several years teaching in Payne Bay and Fort Chimo, in northern Quebec, and Lake Harbour, NWT. She was a house parent at the Grenfell Mission orphanage in Newfoundland, and opened a school in Port Burwell, NWT. In 1965 she enrolled in a nursing program at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, England, as a means to better help those in need. She then returned to Canada and resumed working in the north.
After surviving a plane crash on the tundra, Nancy remained undaunted, and eventually met her future husband, aircraft mechanic Don Oliver, on a flight from Churchill to Igloolik. They had two children together and lived in several communities across Canada before choosing Austin, Manitoba, as a place to call home. Nancy taught there until her retirement and then volunteered to teach in Poland, the Dominican Republic, and Bulgaria.
Nancy enjoyed the quietly rewarding pursuit of gardening and meeting old friends and new on her walks.
Nancy is interred by her husband in Brookdale Cemetery, Holland, MB.

Pioneer, teacher, nurse, mother, and friend
- a life well lived.

"We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne."
- Robert Burns

White's Funeral Home
Neepawa - Carberry - Minnedosa
In care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

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