Nordis Milne

August 3, 1944March 7, 2012

Milne (nee Hesthammer), Nordis (Nonny) of Comox, British Columbia passed away at her home with her husband James at her side on March 7th, 2012 after a struggle with cancer. Nonny was born in New York, New York to Ingolv and Noreen Hesthammer and grew up in North Vancouver. Nonny attended UBC and obtained a combined degree in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, a field in which she worked for a number of years at Sunny Hill Hospital in Vancouver. While raising her children, Jessica and Michael, Nonny worked at the Mother Nature Health Food Store in Comox. Nonny found her calling as a therapist in 2000, training and supporting healthcare professionals in group homes on the northern part of Vancouver Island and Powell River. A member of the Comox Valley art community, Nonny was an accomplished painter and long standing board member of the Comox Valley Art Gallery in Courtenay. Nonny is survived by her husband James, second mother Margaret on Gabriola Island, brother Jeffery (Solange) in Pemberton, sister Margit in Vancouver, daughter Jessica (Greg) and grandchildren Thomas and Norah in Victoria, and son Michael (Rita) and grandchild Russell in Comox, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada and Norway. Nonny loved her many pets, playing with her grandchildren, providing health care for her numerous clients and friends. Nonny was respected and loved dearly by her family and friends. “A God who talks to you in your own language, a God whose face peeps at you from every flower and scrub and blade of grass. Then you shall say, ‘I am free! I am clothed in the gossamer Spirit; I fly from earth to heaven on wings of light.’ And what joy will consume your being!” From the Savings of Paramahansa Yogananda. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choosing.

Arrangements under the direction of Piercy's-Mt. Washington Funeral Home, Courtenay, BC.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 7, 2012

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Janett Etzkorn

April 24, 2012

I have just heard about Nonnie's passing and send our condolences to the family.
I have two beautiful pictures that she painted, so she will be with me always.
I can't imagine her without hearing her wonderful laugh. What a joyful lady!
Yours Janett and Jerry Etzkorn

Jeannie Turner

April 5, 2012

My heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Milne family. Nonny was a very special person and I am grateful to have known her and to call her a friend. She was always so thoughtful and caring and so helpful to me and my family when we needed it. She will be held in our hearts forever.

Paula Wild

April 2, 2012

I will miss Nonny's smile and the intent way she listened when we talked. Every time I entered her home I never wanted to leave. She was very creative and gifted in so many ways.

April 1, 2012

Our memories of Nonnie are fond ones. She was a light in the lives of many. To James, Jessica, and Michael, our thoughts are with you and our hopes to for a bright future with Nonnie in your memory.
John and Lee Levin

March 29, 2012

Sincere condolences to you all, especially James, Jessica and Michael.

I will remember Nonny as a wonderful hostess, and a brilliant supporter of the arts in the Comox Valley. I loved her paintings, and I felt supported as an individual through Nonny's sincere communication. My thoughts are with you, and we are sorry that we cannot make it to Comox for the memorial. Sincerely, Patty BG

Lilla Tipton

March 20, 2012

Nonny was an amazing professional, always giving above and beyond what was expected. She was so committed and deeply, caring about her work and the individuals that she provided support to. I know Nonni for her time in providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in Powell River and am so thankful for her contribution and her presence in our community.

March 18, 2012

Nonny is remembered for her amazing ability to relate to everyone. The most vulnerable people I know trusted her and followed her gentle guidance as she moved them to place of comfort and greater understanding of themselves and their capabilites. She was a mentor who inspired people to try, to venture into uncharted territory and achieve their personal best. An amazing therapist and an exceptional advocate. Nonny gave so much of herself with no expectation for anything in return. She was gregarious, generous, gracious, a genuinely good person . I will miss her immensley.
My condolences to her family.
Corinne Hunter ( Powell River, BC)

Tracy & Ron Cooper

March 17, 2012

Thinking of Greg, Jessica & family with hugs and prayers from Manitoulin Island, On.

Jennifer Cox

March 16, 2012

When I think of Nonny I think of her compassion, her wisdom, her creativity, and discernment. She was a real inspiration to me and someone that I looked up to as a guide and mentor. It is hard for me to comprehend that she is no longer with us and my heart is aching at the loss. James, Michael, and Jess, you are in my prayers daily. Nordis was a courageous woman, a gifted physiotherapist and a talented artist whose dedication to her family, her friends and her community will continue to influence us all.

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow" - Robert Louis Stevenson

Brenda Trowsdale

March 15, 2012

Nonny was a very caring, loving person that I was lucky enough to meet and share conversations and hugs with. I always enjoyed our time together and her smile and laughter will continue to be part of my memories.