Oct 25, 2017
Nancy Barbara Crerar, nee Roe, of Armstrong, B.C., died peacefully on a beautiful fall day at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, B.C. on October 25th, 2017. She was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014, and was 88 years of age.
Nancy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and soon moved with her family to Calgary where she grew up. After high school graduation, she moved back to Winnipeg and then graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Boniface Hospital in the Class of 1952.
During her training, the 1950 Winnipeg Flood occurred and she, along with hospital patients, evacuated to other hospitals in the city. She worked as an RN at Deer Lodge in Winnipeg as well as Pilot Mound in southern Manitoba.
Nancy was a life-long member of the Anglican Church and devoted many hours to church and community activities as well as a widow’s support group comforting many friends.
Her love of the outdoors started as a young teenage hosteller in the Rocky Mountains. Among her many trips, she climbed Mt. Schaffer near lake O’Hara, and hiked the West Coast Trail twice in the later years of her life. She loved flowers, sketching and water color outdoors, knitting socks for her family and friends, and the company of two little dogs, Daisy and Tyndall.
In 1953, she married Clifford Lynes, who had been a fighter pilot during WW II and had returned home to the family business, Lynes Motors, which had operated in Pilot Mound and Crystal City for Many years. After selling the business, which had become a New Holland farm machinery dealer, the family moved to Winnipeg.
Nancy and Clifford traveled overseas to the United Kingdom, Europe, the Caribbean and Hawaii on business and holiday trips. Clifford’s sudden death in 1983 left Nancy widowed.
In 1987, she married Richard Crerar in Winnipeg. He retired from the RCMP in Ottawa and they lived in Parksville and Lethbridge prior to moving to B.C. in 2013. During their time together, they were able to travel to the United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Turkey, Mexico and the western U.S.A. Pacific Rim National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park became favorite destinations for many years.
Nancy was a devoted mother, grandmother and beloved wife. She is survived by her husband Richard; daughters Deborah and Pamela of Winnipeg, Jane of Calgary and sons Daniel and Patrick of Winnipeg. She is also survived by grandchildren, Cory, Gillian, Amy, Lacey and Amber of Winnipeg, Noelle of Surrey, Tyler of Saskatoon and Alycia of Calgary. She is also survived by five great grandchildren.
Nancy is fondly remembered by her stepchildren Laura of Pembroke, Bruce of Calgary and Jan of Salmon Arm and their families.
She is predeceased by her four beloved siblings: Mary, Bernard, Richard and Michael.
In respecting Nancy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of her life in Manitoba in the spring of 2018.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the Second-Floor nursing team of Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Dr. K. Goldberg.
Online condolences may be sent to Nancy’s family through her obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Bowers Funeral Home