Catherine Mary NASH
April 18, 1920 – December 14, 2018
In Loving Memory of Catherine Mary NASH. Kay was born Catherine Mary Bartleman in Winnipeg and passed away December 14, 2018 in Vernon, British Columbia at the age of 98.
Her father was a factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company stationed at remote trading posts in northern Manitoba and Alberta.
Kay started travelling early. Her first job was in a bank in Edmonton. She got 3 weeks if she took vacation in winter, or 2 weeks if she took vacation in summer. So she took winter vacations to the British Columbia Coast. In 1948, she graduated as a registered nurse in Victoria, British Columbia and was Valedictorian for her graduating class. She worked in several locations during her career. She nursed in Seattle; taught nursing and worked as a ward supervisor in Honolulu; worked as an assistant Director of Nursing in the university hospital in Saskatoon; went to Bristol, England to take midwife training and rode a bicycle to see patients as in the show ‘Call the Midwife’.
Kay moved to Vernon in 1969 to take the position as Director of Nursing at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. In 1972 she married Thomas Raymond Nash of Vernon. She retired from VJH in 1973 and worked part time for 2 years travelling around B.C. doing hospital accreditations. She and Tom spent the next 2 decades travelling around B.C. in summer and to the Palm Springs area in winters. After Tom died in 1995, she continued to travel. Her last big trip was an around the world tour when she was 96 years old.
‘Bart’ as she was known by the Nash family, will be fondly remembered by stepsons David (Jacquie), Tom (Lynne) and Rick (Lois); granddaughters Sheanne (Layton) Ralston and Teri (Mitch); great grandchildren Levi, Lacey, Taylor and Dallas and great-great grandson Parker. From the Bartleman family, she is survived by nieces Susan Ulmer, Sandra Aitken, Catherine Clark, and nephews Bill Bartleman and Grant & John Aitken plus numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
According to Kay’s wishes, she was cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.
Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.pleasantvalleyfh.com
Arrangements entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 250-542-4333
Catherine Mary NASH
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January 1, 2019
Kay never felt old to me as she had such sparkle, wisdom and sense of humour. I knew her through the United Church and always loved connecting with her there. She had an amazing memory for details of my life and we both enjoyed sharing our adventures. Kay was always open and interested in what was going on and I loved her spiritual and social energy. She really made a difference in her life and I am missing her mentoring.
December 30, 2018
So sorry to hear Kay has left us.She was a very very important individual in the nursing/health care world.I have never known a better leader!So understanding and real.She will always be remembered by us "good old girls"who worked with her and then socialized with her on a regular basis for many years here in Vernon We loved her.She will not be forgotten.
December 29, 2018
sorry to hear of the loss of Kay I was blessed to get to know her quite well as I volunteered at Heron Grove where she was always a positive and bright light there amongst others that lived there she was a pleasure to visit with
Polly or Pauline Reich
December 22, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the family! Will always remember and appreciate Kay's inspiration , being her age , always ready with advice and enthusiasm . Missed her when she moved , regret not being able to visit, due to my health issues ,at her new residence.
God grant you His Peace.
Sincerely ,Heron Grove neighbor, Polly Reich
December 22, 2018
What a lady and what a role model! This is sad news indeed for those of us left behind.
I met Kay through her niece Susan Ulmer who had lived several years in South Africa. Kay promptly joined the inaugural steering committee at the founding of Grannies à Gogo in 2007 at the seasoned age of 87. (Photo attached.)
She impressed us with her vital spark, her wit, her willingness to work for the disadvantaged, and her comforting friendship. And we were only one fraction of the population she touched throughout her long and influential life. Heaven’s happy gain is our profound loss. We release her with great love.
December 17, 2018
My family is very sorry to hear about Kay. She was always so supportive and i was always amazed by her energy and willingness to consider new approaches. She will be missed.