Mae passed away in Vancouver General Hospital, with family present, on April 2, 2015, following a brain aneurysm. Mae was born on a farm near Wolseley, Saskatchewan on October 6, 1927, the oldest of five siblings and was one of many rural Saskatchewan students that used ‘horse’ power instead of a bus to get to school. Mae graduated from Wolseley High School in 1946 and after attending Balfour Tech in Regina, entered the workforce. In 1953, accompanied by sister Joy, Mae came to Kelowna to work for the Provincial Government. Here Mae met and married Tilman Nahm, the evening operator at Canadian National Telegraphs for many years. They married in June 1955, buying orchards in the Benvoulin area of Kelowna, growing fruit until 1988. In 1989 they moved north to Grindrod to achieve their lifelong dream of owning a ranch. They developed their hobby ranch on the banks of the Shuswap River in a beautiful setting that was Mae’s Happy Home until her death. In these lovely surroundings, Mae enjoyed nature, feeding wild birds, gardening and growing and preserving an amazing bounty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries.
Mae is survived by her lifelong partner and very best friend, Tilman; daughter Marianne (Daryl Calder) of Cranbrook, son Karl (Monica) of Grindrod, son Ken of Salmon Arm, daughter Alison (Bill Gemmill) of Mission, grandchildren Keegan, Brendon, Tyrell and Risa Gemmill and Kelvin and Blair Nahm, and great granddaughter, Harper Gemmill. She is also survived by her four siblings, Joy Mackay (Peter) of Aldergrove, Lorna Scott (Alan, deceased) of Wolseley, Leo Lander (Shirley) of Regina and Bill Lander (Dorene) of Westbank and brother-in-law Gerry Nahm (Irene) of Vernon and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
There will be no funeral service at Mae’s request. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, care workers, and ground and air ambulance personnel for their outstanding care and comfort of Mae.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mae’s honour may do so by giving to Nature Trust of BC, #260, 1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4; or Enderby Food Bank, C/O St. Andrews Church, 1110 Belvedere St., Enderby, BC V0E 1V0, or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be sent through Mae’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.
Rest in Peace Dear Mae