Nancy Jean Sutherland (nee Grieve)

With deep sadness, along with great gratitude for her life, we want you to know that Nancy Sutherland died on December 30, 2016.

She was pre-deceased by her beloved, Wayne Sutherland, and her parents, Jessie and Frank Grieve. She is lovingly remembered by her three sons, Geoffrey (Gloria), Patrick, and Kevin Stasko, and by her sisters, Maryellen Grieve and Rosanne Sutton (Bob Collings). Nancy will be fondly thought of by her only grandson, Dylan, and by Wayne’s children, Chris (Hermann), Wayne Jr, and Lynne. Her family is grateful for Nancy’s wide circle of friends and want to acknowledge her close relationship with Gillian Green, Linda Mann, and Helen Lindsay.

Nancy was born in Winnipeg and lived her adult life in British Columbia, in the communities of Mission and Maple Ridge. She worked for over 30 years at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam with co-workers whom she admired and with patients whom she regarded with empathy and compassion. She was adventuresome and generous with us all. She was not afraid to criticize what was unfair or unkind, but, in the final analysis, saw the humour in life. No matter what, she loved us all with a fierce and loyal love.

When Nancy was interested in something, it quickly became her passion. For many years, she created beautiful Christmas crafts. More recently she was bitten by the travel bug and enjoyed several cruises and road trips with her friends. The purchase of her iPad opened new doors for Nan, and no one loved on-line Scrabble more than she. Over the past year, Nancy became involved with The Cottage, a volunteer organization that raised money for the Maple Ridge Hospital. She was its treasurer and most recently had become manager. She took pleasure in life in large and small ways.

To say that we will miss her is an understatement. There will be a private gathering of friends and family to honour Nancy’s life.

In her memory, reach out to those around you and offer them kindness as she did for so many.
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  1. As friends and neighbours to Meg and Aaron, we would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Jean Sutherland. Our thoughts are with all who were touched by her life. Kjeld, Irene, Kristen, John, Jake and Sarah

  2. Dear Meg , Rosanne and family,

    Sending along my condolences to as you make your journey west in grief in grief and thanksgiving for having shared life with a kind and beautiful sister. May you be held in the light and wrapped in love and strength at this time.
    Elaine Beattie

  3. My heartfelt condolences to Nancy’s family and friends. I just today read about her passing.
    Will miss her laughter and her ability to make lemon-ade out of lemons. She always had a great energy that ppl loved being around. She was a pleasure to work with at Riverview and made the shifts fun and full of laughter.
    I can see her face in my mind approaching the pearly gates and seeing Wayne waiting for her with open arms. It is indeed a reunion she has longed for. My condolences to her dearest friends, Linda, Helen and Gill who were always there for Nancy through thick and thin.
    My memories of her are cherished.

  4. Condolences to all the family and friends of Nancy. Nancy and I never met in person but we played Words with Friends (Scrabble) together for over 2 years and regularly chatted about life, the Universe and everything. We shared our good times, our bad times, challenges, family highs and lows and future plans, always played at least one turn every day and never cared who won. Nancy was a great friend and sounding board and my family and I looked forward to having her visit us in New Zealand one day. At Christmas we were sitting on 234 wins each and I was amazed to take the lead at 235 to 234 when our last game timed out. Now I have found this website and finally know why that happened. I have shed a tear for my good friend Nancy who will be much missed.

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