On January 4, 2003, Mrs. Nancy Finch, 87, passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Nancy was born in Eastbourne, England and educated in Claremont, South Africa, Torquay, England and Bedford College, London where she earned a B.A. in 1937. She returned to Africa in 1939 working in Kenya’s colonial government. She married Guy in 1940 and the family along with her parents, Isa and Morseby White immigrated to Canada in 1948 to farm in the Fraser Valley. She provided meals to Dewdney Elementary School before joining the Umemployment Commission where she worked in Mission, Surrey, Victoria and Nanaimo until retiring in 1977. She and Guy moved to Qualicum Beach in 1992.
She is predeceased by her husband in 1995 and daughter, Caroline (Bill Kason) in 1992.
She is survived by sons Michael (Doreen), Chris (Suzanne) and Peter (Janet); grandchildren, Sharon (Scott), Sandra (Dennis), David (Denyse), Barbara (Craig), Nicholas (Stefanie), Graham, Sheila, John and Benjamin (Shannon), great grandchildren Mackenzie, Divinity, Parker, Elija, Nadine and Breanna. She also leaves sister Barbara in England and Ann in Scotland and their families.
Nancy remained active throughout her long life supporting many causes including Arranglen, Eagle Park and Trillium Lodges, the Brown Property Preservation Society, Happy Wanderers, S.O.S., the Mission Foundation and the varied interests of her extended family. She and Guy travelled in North America, the UK, Europe and Africa.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Qualicum on January 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. Interment of cremated remains will take place in the memorial garden prior to a tea in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Nanaimo Hospice Palliative Care Programme c/o Nanaimo Regional General Hospital or District 69 Hospice Society, 210 Crescent Road W., Qualicum Beach, B.C. V9K 1J9.
The family thanks the nurses, doctors, community home care and home support programmes for their timely and compassionate care.