Oct. 17, 1913 – Jan. 13, 2007
Nancy Shaw (nee Westerby) late of Chilliwack, B.C., formerly of Vancouver, B.C. passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 13, 2007 in the Chilliwack General Hospital at the age of 93.
She was born October 17, 1913 in Essex, England and had lived in this area for approximately 63 years.
She was the eldest of two children born to James and Annie Etta Westerby. The family immigrated to Canada when she was seven years old and settled in Unity, Saskatchewan where they homesteaded.
After meeting James they moved to Vancouver and married in July 1935 where they had four children. Daughter, Joan and sons, Bob, Garry and Kenneth. After several relocations they settled in Chilliwack in 1944 until her passing. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, embroidery, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and reading many books.
She was a member of the Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Atchelitz Farmers Institute.
She was a very caring and loving person, always concerned about the well-being of her family members. She was always there to listen to everyone’s problems/concerns and give us great advice over a hot cup of tea. She was always happy to have a visit or a phone call from any family member. She was a very determined and independent lady and was able to live independently until her recent passing in her 94th year, an inspiration to all who loved and knew her. Her grandchildren will always remember their younger years when they stayed with their grandparents and grandma would come and tuck them tightly into bed, give them a goodnight kiss, saying “Love you and sleep tight”, leaving behind the wonderful scent of Noxzema.
Mom and Grandma will be sadly missed by all of us and her smile will always be remembered.
A Family Graveside Service was held Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery. Rev. Kevin Pentland officiated.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Ray); sons, Robert (Irene); Garry (Lorrie); grandchildren: Corinne (Al), Alan (Linda), Neil (Lynn), Sandra (David), Gayle (Marvin), Dawn (Joep), Glenn (Nicole), Drew (Cindy), Rhonda (Michael); 16 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, James and Annie Etta Westerby, husband, James Shaw 1994; infant son, Kenneth and brother, James Westerby.
Should family and friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.