Nancy Morrison

25 January , 192931 March , 2019

Nancy Morrison Pay Comikeezhegook January 25, 1929 – March 31, 2019

Nancy Morrison, a resident of Kenora, Ontario passed away peacefully in her sleep with her cane by her side at her residence on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Nancy lived each day with purpose, ceremony and commitment to the Creator.

She joins her beloved husband Victor, her mother and father, son Larry, daughter Shirley and brothers Norbert, Tobasonakwut, Edwin and John Pete.

She is lovingly remembered by her brother Elder Fred Kelly, daughter Patty Morrison (Phil), sons Don Morrison and William Kelly. Her grandchildren Catherine, Leroy (Devon), Crystal and Megan Cadieux (Joshua), Jennifer Land (Peter), Joseph and Kayleigh Morrison. As well as her great grandchildren Braydan, Ethan, Alexis, Leo, Lincoln and Halle. She will also be greatly missed by numerous friends, family and community members whose love and friendship have enriched her life.

Nancy was a survivor of St. Mary’s Residential School, was past President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, a member of the Nishoomis Nokomis Group helping other residential school survivors, and had received the Ontario Senior Achievement Award for significant contributions to her community. Nancy was honoured to conduct the traditional water ceremony. She was a strong advocate for people battling homelessness, addictions and advocated reconciliation and healing. She also co-founded the “I’ll Help You” program and fought fiercely against the victimization of aboriginal women and for environmental preservation. She was an author and wrote her own book, “Approaching Dawn”. She also enjoyed picking blueberries and traditional medicines and lived her entire life in the Lake of the Woods area. She was incredibly proud of her family and never passed an opportunity to be with them, any reason to get together was a good one!

We would like to extend special thanks to the Ontario Provincial Police and her friends at Parkview Apartments for their care and compassion.

Wake Service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Kenora Fellowship Centre beginning at 6:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Elder Fred Kelly will be conducting the traditional ceremony. A traditional fire will be maintained by Leroy Cadieux and friends at Nancy’s home on Jones Road.

Soar high with the Eagles, Mom! “We Love You”

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  • Wake Service Thursday, 4 April , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 5 April , 2019

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William Kelly

7 April 2019

It was an honour and a privilege and as you all know Nancy (Mom) was an inspiration and a blessing to us all. You will be missed!
Bill and Family,

Shirley Kelly

5 April 2019

I was always drawn to warmed my heart to see her & I would hug her..her words, strength & resolve..her deep love & compassion for the people uplifted the community ...much love Nancy ..I know that you felt there was still work to be done..we will try to carry your high & journey well ♥️

David Leroux

4 April 2019

Nancy was a wonderful lady , so strong in all ways , I always enjoyed listening to her when on my walk with my dog , I would chat with her briefly at least a couple times a week when she was out and about , 90 and walked till the end ,amazing , when thinking of getting old she’s an inspiration to all.......

Judith McLeod

3 April 2019

To Patty and family,
Our community has suffered a great loss with the passing of your mother. Your mom has touched many lives with her kindness and wisdom including mine. You are in my thoughts Judith McLeod (Skinkle)

Brandi Sillery

3 April 2019

Thoughts and prayers to all who lived her a beautiful soul

Cathy Lindsay

3 April 2019

Nancy Morrison, Elder will eternally remain in my heart. She became my dear friend, mentor and teacher for many years. I followed her as she attended various ceremonies and events to share words of wisdom, prayers and songs. I was spiritually drawn to her every word, movements and grace. - One day as I entered a healing circle and songs being sung by Grandfathers and Singers, Nancy waved me over. She encouraged me to join her and I assisted in smudging the people and helping with the Water Ceremony for the people who were there . I fumbled. People laughed but Nancy gently placed her hand on my shoulder and said, " It's okay. You are doing good. " - So my journey began with her as she took me under her wing from then on to the present learning, doing, speaking and helping. Truth be told, I got excited and warm inside just knowing I would be spending time with her. To just sit and listen to her. Watch her. - I have many a story to share but will stay as is. - We, of the Treaty #3 territory will miss this grand lady. Her compassion for All of Life and Peoples. - My sincere condolences to Patty and Don Morrison, her family, relatives, community and friends who have kindly shared Nancy with us. - Chi'miigwetch - Aho.

Serena Copenace

2 April 2019

Saddened at this news. Last time I saw her was at my sister Candys funeral. She came and comforted our family and sat with me and Bren for awhile. Offering her words of wisdom amd warmth in our time of sorrow. She said that she was very sad when she heard the news because she tried to help Candy. I was amazed at her strength ever since I can remember. Her independence and love of all people. And especially family. She had a way of making everyone feel so special. My sincere condolensces to the family. Much love and respect. 💗😥