(Nancy) Naansii Lee Jamieson
1954 - 2023
Obituary of (Nancy) Naansii Lee Jamieson
Forever Loved, Never Forgotten ...
At the age of 69, Naansii died peacefully on December 7th, 2023 surrounded by the love of her family at the Bruyère Saint Vincent hospital in Ottawa.
Naansii was born on March 31, 1954 to Frances and Lawrence Jamieson in Scarborough, Ontario. A self-proclaimed “Scarborough Kid” Naansii was deeply proud of where she came from. Naansii had incredibly fond memories of growing up there and she loved to share stories.
Naansii graduated from Wexford Collegiate and went on to take English classes at Ryerson University. Naansii devoted her career to supporting and honouring Indigenous people. She was a champion of equity having been one of the first to travel Canada for the Federal Government teaching through the Bridging the Gap initiative in the 90s. In her retirement she continued supporting Indigenous communities and also volunteered with Victim Services.
Naansii had an incredible ability to reach people in a deeply positive way. She was a natural teacher, soft spoken and calm, her wisdom often seemed to extend far beyond her years. Naansii always had a smile on her face and a warmth that made you relax and instantly feel at ease. Her love of people and desire to bring joy to others and make the lives of others better, was a driving force throughout her life.
Naansii was a lover of life, leading always with love and gratitude. If she loved you, you knew it because she told you often and without reservation.
Naansii was a devoted mother and Nana, and spent as much time as she could with her family. She loved riding horses, the outdoors, being near the water, eating grilled cheese sandwiches, watching hallmark movies and cuddling up to her grandchildren and her dog Ivy.
Predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Frances and her sister Betty Lynn.
Naansii leaves behind her daughter Bree (Nick) and her grandchildren (Isabella, Millie, Charlotte and Cole), her hero and big brother Tom (Maida) and family, her beloved Aunt Mil, her cousin and best friend Barb (Jim) and Brad.
Dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her step daughters’ Paige and Megan, her dear friend Gail, the Jamieson, Goff, Longworth, Holloway, Parent and Thompson families and by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all of whom she loved dearly.
A special thank you to Stéfanie and Cate for their daily visits, love and devotion to Naansii until the end and much love and thanks to her beloved nieces and nephews, Laura, Zach, Sam and Gabe for their weekly visits, laughs and delicious cookies.
Profound gratitude to the Bruyère Palliative Care team for the incredible care and compassion they showed Naansii and family throughout her final months. To Dr Sharma, Dr Barnes, Dr Lawler, Dr Hebert, Dr Bush, Dr Canabrava, Dr Thompkins, Joy, Donna, Monique, Malayka, Tisha, Gabrielle, Chantal, Yasmin, Brenda, Wabi, Julie, Chris, Laura, Jun, Shiela, Cora Lee, Vanessa, Susan, Alina, Stephanie, Sylvain, Erin, Lindsey, Mary-Anne, Maura, Ashley and many many more incredible doctors, nurses and staff, Thank You. There are no words to express the gratitude our family feels to all of you.
A special thank you to Dr Nair and Hillary at the Irving Greenberg Cancer Centre and to Dr Parsons and the palliative team at The Ottawa Hospital for the incredible care they provided Naansii throughout her cancer journey.
A celebration of life will be held to honour and remember Naansii at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home in Markham, Ontario L3P 1Y3 on Monday, December 18th from 12pm to 3pm. This is a visitation and a reception service combined. At 1 p.m. remarks/speeches and eulogies will be shared.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bruyère Palliative Care Unit
The family wishes for you to share a favorite memory of Naansii, a funny annecdote or a short story on her "Tribute Wall". There will be a chance to share a memory at her Celebration of Life if you wish to leave your memory in person.