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Nancy R. Bristow née Paterson

January 15, 1934 - January 11, 2016


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Bristow – Nancy

Peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by family, on Monday January 11, 2016. Loving wife of Carl (Bud) Bristow. Mother of Cynthia Willman (John), Mom to Gordon Quinn (Paula) and Karen Beardsley (Dave), and Mama to Jennifer Mabey (Tim). The best Gramma ever to Samantha Mabey (Daver), Chris Beardsley (Jess), Shannon Beardsley, Jackson Quinn and Dylan Quinn. Also Grandmother to David Willman and Andrew Willman (Kristin). Survived by her brother Jim Paterson (Sue). Remembered very fondly by Peter and Diane Quinn, and her former daughter-in-law, Brenda Quinn.
She has lots of nieces and nephews out there who loved her very much.
Nancy was a force. She was a wild teenager, a nurse, a fun mom, a resourceful woman, and a lovely grandmother.
No matter what was going on, she always woke up thinking, “Today is a new day, all will be fine.”
She found true love in 2003 when she married her high school sweetheart after 50 years apart.
Some words to sum it all up: Roast beef dinners. Enya. That feather. Glayva. Sens fan. Michigan fan. O’Brien Lake. Skidoos. Sailing. The pool. Sunday patio dinners. The Thousand Islands. Grandkids. Family. Love.
Near the end she asked if we had written her obituary. The answer was no, we thought we would wait – was there anything she wanted us to say? Her words: “Just that I loved you all.”
We love you too. Rest easy, Mom. We’ll take care of Bud, and we’ll take care of Buttons. We will honour you by choosing happiness, and living our best lives.
As she wished, there will be no service. The immediate family is going out on Friday night(her birthday) to raise a glass and celebrate her. Cheers!
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