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March 23, 1954 — November 22, 2016

With sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved Mom, Nana & friend to so many.  Nancy was born to parents Wilma (Billy) and Warren Brant. She grew up in the lower mainland, and attended the University of British Columbia where she obtained her teaching degree. Nancy married and had one son Jeremy, who was the light of her life. She taught her entire career at Okanagan Mission Secondary and after over 30 years of being a teacher, retired a few short years ago. Nancy touched and enriched the lives of thousands of students over several generations.  She was a dedicated teacher and coach who made such a difference in her student’s lives. Countless students have stayed in touch to this day, which is a testament to her passion for teaching and her passion for people. One need only look at Nancy’s Facebook page to see the explosion of love, shock, kindness and overwhelming sadness being poured out by the many people whose lives she touched. Nancy was a globe trotter who never met an airplane she did not like. Her travels took her to countless countries all over the world and she was game for anything. Always on the go, always planning the next adventure – usually with groups of friends and with John, her partner and love. The party started when Nancy arrived!  A big part of Nancy’s summers were spent at Mabel Lake, where she loved to spend time with friends and family, golfing, hosting fantastic dinners, and floating around on the patio boat. The last few winters were spent in Arizona and elsewhere, more family & friends, more golf and pickle ball! And fine wine, always.  The greatest joy in Nancy’s life was her son & his young family. She was over-the-top a proud “Nana” & loved spending time with them all. She loved nothing more than spoiling her two grandsons. The world has lost a strong, independent, and generous lady who loved life to the fullest. Even through her illness, she maintained her positive attitude and legendary sense of humor, often cheering up the ones who were worrying about her. Nancy’s indelible spirit will live on through those who loved her. She was a shining star who is gone too soon and who will be greatly missed.  Nancy is survived by her son Jeremy (Amanda) and cherished grandsons Rhys and Parker, partner John Mummery, Al (Marsha) Bourdon, siblings Gary (Barbara) Brant, Wendy (Kevin) Birnie, and Jeff (Barbara) Brant & nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully received at BC Cancer Foundation in Nancy’s memory.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the gymnasium of Okanagan Mission Secondary School, 4544 Gordon Drive Kelowna, on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00pm. Reception to follow at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club 3:30 – 5:30pm.


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Sunday, December 4th at 1:00pm

Okanagan Mission Secondary School

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for BOURDON, Nancy is scheduled for Sunday, December 4th at 1:00pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Okanagan Mission Secondary School

4544 Gordon Drive Kelowna


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Reception to follow at the Kelowna Golf and Country from 3:30 - 5:30 pm

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  • Julie and Karl Kuipers says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Ms. Bourdon was also one of our favorite high school teachers.

  • Letisha Pfenning says:

    Ms. Bourdon was an amazing teacher. I loved PE and she always pushed me to do better. As an athlete and as an individual. Always reminding what we give is what we get out of life. Even though I wasn’t one of the field hockey girls, she always asked a about the sports I did and encouraged me to continue to do better. When I think of Nancy I think of her big smile, laughing eyes, the love her little man and her green car! She will be greatly missed! Hugs and my deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Andrea Peters says:

    Jeremy, Amanda and family thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

  • Rhonda and Larry says:

    Memories of Nancy;
    An absolutely perfect smile that always lit up the room. A competitive strong athlete. Extremely positive attitude. Dedicated to her family. True and devoted to her friends. Life of the party, and always willing to share a glass of red wine.

    To Jeremy and family; I am so very sorry for your loss. It is no secret how much so loved her one and only son and family. It’s wonderful that the Bourdon legacy carries on in the teaching world. Incredible. God bless you during such a sad time.

    To John; I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy and you were such a good team. It’s great that you were able to have so many vacations and fun times. Memories are forever. She was blessed to have you by her side, no matter what “bump in the road” the two of you would encounter during her health journey. I wish you peace and comfort these next few days, week, or how ever long it takes.

    To Kelly; Wow what a friend and trust the two of you built! I am very sorry for your loss. I know there are many friends in Nancy’s life that need to be acknowledged, but whenever I saw Nancy; you were close by. I wish you peace and comfort in the days ahead. God bless you for your kind heart. I know you and Dennis will find ways to celebrate this friend and lady for many years. Larry and I are so appreciative of the Christmas gathering at your house last year. We had a glass of champagne with Nancy. We are truly grateful for that memory. Cheers! to Nancy.

    Rhonda (Larry)

  • Carmen Harrison says:

    Nancy will always be a force to be recognized through the rest of my life. From the first encounter to our last. Power full , posative, encouraging and endering. What a fantastic women. From the Harrison family our deepest sympathy to Nancy’s family and friends.

  • Andrea Gavel (Wolfe) says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Many moons ago she was such an inspirational teacher to my brother as well as myself.

  • Terri-Lyn Kardel says:

    Nancy was a wonderful person. She had a smile that brightened everyone’s day. I loved playing softball with her she gave her all. You will be missed by every soul you touched.

  • Mrs. M. Arneson says:

    My thoughts are with you all, Sincere sympathy from Stella’s mom.Hugs.

  • Karen Fountaine (Fennessy) says:

    My memories of Nancy.
    Yes, that infectious PERFECT smile! Her zest for life! And of course that BIG GREEN convertible!
    I remember so fondly our basketball, softball and slow-pitch days! And I will never forget the days of The Four Seasons Raquel Club!!! (Or should I say the nights at the club! ) You lived life to the fullest! Nancy you may be gone but you will never be forgotten! ❤
    My deepest sympathy to your family!
    Rest in peace my friend!

  • Randy & Kim Tubb says:

    Jeff, our condolences to you and your family.

  • Diane (Redding) and Timm Williams says:

    We are so sad to hear of Nancy’s passing. Nancy and I became friends while attending Physical Ed at UBC where we shared many laughs and coffees going over our studies. Nancy was at “Hoot” we had so much fun. Then one day my cousin picked me up with his new girlfriend, which shocked but made so happy because it was Nancy; she was once again in my life. She was easy to love and fun to be around. Nancy you will be sorely missed by your family, all those who are close to you today, and all of us who are grateful to have shared a small part of your life. Our love and sincere condolences, Diane & Timm

  • Nichole Huseynov says:

    Many years ago, Coach B was one of the few teacher at OKM to welcome me upon my arrival to Canada. She introduced me to field hockey and pushed me to be a better person and make people take notice of my skills rather than my country of origin. How heartbreaking to know an amazing soul has left us. What a great mentor to have during my formative years.

  • Michelle Davies (Kimmitt) says:

    Nancy was bigger than life snd full of joy that she spread generously to all around her. She inspired generations of students and athletes, friends and colleagues. She worked tirelessly for the cause of Health and Safety in the workplace in Kelowna schools and across the province in her role on the Health and Safety advisory committee of the BC Teachers’ Federation and fought the fight for all of us. Last year at the Annual General Meeting of the BCTF she was awarded the Stewart Shawn memorial award for her dedication to this cause. The world is a better place because she was on it. I was her partner in crime for many many years and will always cherish my memories of us. The world is a little brighter because she was here and we are all a little better for knowing her. Always ready with a joke and a laugh. Always ready to hug you or council you or hit you upside the head if you needed that! It was a great ride girlfriend. RIP Nancy. I miss you already.

  • Nancy's Winnipeg relatives says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to Jeremy, Amanda, Gary, Jeff, Wendy on the loss of their mom and sister; our niece and cousin. Nancy was larger than life and lived it to the fullest, always thinking of others before herself. Four years ago she opened her home to Leigh & Aunt Betty for Billie and Betty’s 90th birthday celebration. That was the last time the twins were to be together and what a fun time it was for everyone! Memories of Nancy will be treasured by all who knew her. We never met John but our hearts go out to him as well. With love from Aunt Betty, Leigh, Scott, Craig and their families

  • Nancy Dowdall says:

    Our deepest sympathy Jeremy, Amanda and family for your loss. Nancy left memories with everyone she touched that will last forever.

  • Jamie & Michelle Willoughby says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and John at this time

  • Paddy Gibson says:

    Iam so sorry I have some fond memories of Nancy.

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