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Nancy Allison Sullivan

September 17, 1920 - August 10, 2013


It is with great sadness that we, the family of Nancy Allison Boyak South Sullivan announce her passing on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the age of 92 years.  She passed away peacefully in her home with her family at her side.  Nancy passed away after a short time of pain and  she is now free of pain and suffering.  She was born in Bodmin, SK, the second daughter of Amy Buckland and Leslie South on September 17, 1920.

She leaves to mourn the last six of her family of nine children:  Kathleen (Joe), Rose Anne, John (Kay), Mary, Loretta (Herb), Rod (Sandi) and daughter-in-law Hiltje.  She also leaves to mourn 19 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her parents, Leslie South and Amy Buckland South (who died in childbirth), plus her siblings Catherine, Tom and Leslie South, brother-in-law Alex South, her sister-in-law Linda Agnew South and by her husband of 38 years, Jim Sullivan (1978), her sons Gregg (1975), Paul (2003), Phil (2013) and her last remaining cousin in England, Kathy Reid who passed away in April of this year at 96.

Mom made the best bread and cinnamon buns and always had some ready when family came to visit. When Dad was asked if he would marry again, his reply was “Only if she could make homemade bread like your Mother.”

Mom also taught herself to read and knit at the same time.  She was a good provider and knew how to make ends meet all the time.  She was an avid gardener and was called “Farmer Brown” by one of the seniors at the Kimberley pool.  She passed the love of gardening on.  She was also a great seamstress and made many of our clothes.  She taught her daughters and many grand-kids how to knit as well.

She was a Brownie and Cub leader in both Stony Plain, AB area and Kimberley, BC.  She volunteered at the Kimberley Food Bank and Kimberley Public Library from the time she moved here in 1990.  She was well known for making “critters” as she called them (stuffed toys).  Many of her family received them and she also donated them to the church for their bazaars.  She has knitted and crocheted many afghans for us to cherish.

She will be greatly missed by her remaining children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her sister- in- law Margaret Gurtler South and Dad's cousin Grace Alberts Kennedy.  She leaves many nieces and nephews, which include both great and great greats.

The family would like to thank Father John and Father Peter, Dr. Dupreez, the ladies of the Kimberley Home Care Support and her friend Lucy for the care and support shown to Mom in her last days.  Memorial donations may be made in Nancy's memory to the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, 340 Leadenhall St., Kimberley, BC   V1A 2L3 or the Kimberley Public Library, 115 Spokane St., Kimberley, BC  V1A 2E5.

A Celebration of Nancy's Life will be held on Friday, August 16,  2013 at 11:00 am at the  Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 200 Boundary Rd.,  Spruce Grove, AB – North of  Hwy. 16, western outskirts of Spruce Grove. 


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Karen South
Relation: Niece

To the Sullivans: It was a beautiful service today. The eulogy captured Auntie Nancy so well. My memories of her all include her smile and laughter — especially when she was with my Dad. She was a wonderful person and will be missed but never forgotten!

From: Cindy Postnikoff
Relation: friend

Thinking of you Kathy and your family during this difficult time. I always enjoyed your Mom and especially remember her smile. The candle here is so fitting as she was a real ‘light’ . She was very lucky to have you for a daughter. I hope you can find some peace in all of this. Hugs, Cindy and Nick

From: Barb Visscher (South)
Relation: Niece

My condolences to the Sullivan family. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the memorial service, but I believe Auntie Nancy knew I was thinking of her on that day. I remember the occasional trips to her Beach Corner house and the down-to-earth person she was her whole life. I have no doubt that my dad was waiting for her there with open arms ready to share a laugh or two!

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 16, 2013
Beginning at 11:00am

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
200 Boundary Road
Spruce Grove, AB Canada

200 Boundary Road
Spruce Grove, AB Canada

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